Silent auction raises awareness of genetically engineered food
A silent auction to benefit the Truth in Labeling Coalition will be held at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Atrium from 6-10 p.m. Friday.
A national effort to secure labeling of genetically engineered food, dubbed the “Women in the Senate Campaign,” will be inaugurated. The goal of the campaign is to get all 20 women currently serving as U.S. senators to ask President Barack Obama to keep the promise he made to Iowans during the 2007 primary: “We'll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified, because Americans should know what they're buying.”
According to Anne Dietrich, organizer of the event: “Women have a tendency to work in partnerships. On June 20, all seven women on the Senate Appropriations Committee, along with Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, passed an amendment to the Ag Appropriations bill to require labeling of genetically engineered fish. No one has the right to tamper with your food without your knowledge, but a few multi-national corporations have been deciding for us what we eat and feed our families. It’s time to remember why the Revolutionary War was fought and preserve the American traditions of good food and freedom of choice.”