Good news! It's not too late to help keep animal clones from entering our food supply.
A few weeks ago, I wrote to encourage readers to write and send an editorial to their local papers about their feelings on this recent "clones-are-just-fine-to-eat; don't-you-worry-you-can-
trust-us" development. Now the Center for Food Safety is here to help you add your voice to "what-should-be-a- public-debate-if-this-is- really-a-democracy" in yet another way.
Their “not milk?” campaign is designed not only to raise the public's consciousness on this subject (the neon-green mustache is eye-catching, no?), but to encourage latent activists, like myself, to speak up now, while the FDA's public comment period is still open -- either by sending your comments to the FDA itself or through the CFS web site -- before it's too late.
For more information about this, check out what's at stake and/or read some CFS background on the subject (which includes a link to a CFS fact sheet as well as one to an 11 x 17-inch full-color poster -- pictured above -- that you can print out and hang up at work, school, or... wherever you feel like it).
According to the FDA web site, our voice
is supposed to really does matter:
As a regulatory agency, FDA publishes rules that establish or modify the way it regulates foods, drugs, biologics, cosmetics, radiation-emitting electronic products, and medical devices -- commodities close to the daily lives of all Americans. FDA rules have considerable impact on the nation's health, industries and economy. These rules are not created arbitrarily or in a vacuum. They are formed with the public's help. By law, anyone can participate in the rule-making process by commenting in writing on rules FDA proposes. FDA routinely allows plenty of time for public input and carefully considers these comments when it draws up a final rule. [Italics mine.]
Tell the FDA what you think about having unlabeled clones in our food supply -- send a letter today. (The public comment period is now through April 2nd, 2007.)
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