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The People's Summit: Bernie Sanders, Divest Your Plate!

I'm thrilled to be going to the People's Summit in Chicago next week. Today, the organizers gave us a chance to submit a question to Senator Bernie Sanders, who will be the keynote speaker on Saturday. Here's what I wrote:

Dear Senator Sanders, our diet feeds climate change, high health care costs, and personal misery. According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is the largest source of greenhouse gases. Few Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables to ward off preventable cases of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and early death. What steps would you take to change our agricultural subsidies, public food purchases, and nutrition education to move Americans toward a more plant-based diet?

This question seems more important than ever now that the United States has shamefully pulled out of the Paris Climate Accords. If our government won't work with the rest of the world to avert environmental disaster, then it's up to us. We can make a real difference by voting with our forks.

Divest Your Plate: Local, Organic, Plants, Fair Labor, Less Waste

My Dream Answer

Here's an answer that would have me dancing in the aisle at the People's Summit. Bernie, please feel free to use it. Everyone else, please share.

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on GMOs and GMO labeling

We need GMO labeling because the United States, unlike at least 26 other countries including France, Germany, Russia, and China, allows genetically modified food to be sold [1]. Bernie Sanders has a clear, long-time record on fighting for our right to know what's in the food we eat. Hillary Clinton now says she's for GMO labeling, but supports a voluntary version so weak that you'll literally need a smart phone to decode the label. Read on for details, including the risks of genetically engineered food and what you can do.

Bernie Sanders sponsored an amendment to the 2013 Food Bill that would allow states to require labeling of food with genetically modified ingredients [2]. When introducing the amendment, he cited growing demand for labeling genetically engineered food:

People want to know what is in their food and I think that is a very reasonable request.... The FDA already requires the labeling of over 3,000 ingredients and additives. If you want to know if your food contains gluten, aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup, transfats, or MSG, you simply read the ingredient label.

Although his amendment was defeated, Bernie continues to fight for GMO labeling and against the "Monsanto Protection Act" [3].

Hillary Clinton has a confusing stand on labeling. In the video below,

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