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Congressman Kucinich Introduces Five
Bills to Regulate GE Foods

Overview

The bills

What you can do

PRESS RELEASE

Wednesday, May 22, 2002

contact Doug Gordon (202) 225-5871 (w) (202) 271-7302 (c)

Kucinich Introduces Bills to Label Genetically Engineered Food and Protect Consumers
Five bills introduced in the House of Representatives would provide a
comprehensive regulatory framework

Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) introduced five bills today that will
provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for all genetically engineered
plants, animals, bacteria, and other organisms.

"This technology is totally different from traditional breeding techniques,"
Kucinich stated. "Genetic engineering is a powerful technology. Current
laws, such as our food safety and environmental laws, were not written with
this technology in mind."

Combined Kucinich's bills would ensure that consumers are protected,
increase food safety, protect farmers rights, make biotech companies liable
for their products, and help developing nations resolve hunger concerns.

The bills which have all have over twenty co-sponsors in the House of
Representatives have also been endorsed by the Sierra Club, National Farmers
Organization, Center for Food Safety, Organic Trade Organization, and the
American Corn Growers Association.


Description of the five bills

(Note: The names after each bill are the co-sponsors at the time of introduction.
For the current co-sponsors and the status of each bill, go to
Thomas/
Library of Congress
and search for the bill number.)

H.R. 4812. A bill to provide additional protections for farmers and ranchers
that may be harmed economically by genetically engineered seeds, plants, or
animals, to ensure fairness for farmers and ranchers in their dealings with
biotech companies that sell genetically engineered seeds, plants, or
animals, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Agriculture.

By Mr. KUCINICH (for himself, Mr. SANDERS, Ms. MCKINNEY, Mr. PALLONE, Mrs.
MINK of Hawaii, Ms. CARSON of Indiana, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr.
NADLER, Mr. OLVER, Mr. UDALL of New Mexico, Ms. VELAZQUEZ, Ms. WATERS, Ms.
WOOLSEY, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Ms. WATSON, Mr. RODRIGUEZ, Ms. BERKLEY,
Mr. OWENS, Ms. SOLIS, Mr. HINCHEY, and Ms. LEE):

H.R. 4813. A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with
respect to the safety of genetically engineered foods, and for other
purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

By Mr. KUCINICH (for himself, Mr. SANDERS, Ms. MCKINNEY, Ms. RIVERS, Mr.
PALLONE, Mrs. MINK of Hawaii, Ms. CARSON of Indiana, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr.
GUTIERREZ, Mr. NADLER, Mr. OLVER, Mr. UDALL of New Mexico, Ms. VELAZQUEZ,
Ms. WATERS, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Ms. WATSON, Mr. RODRIGUEZ,
Ms. BERKLEY, Mr. OWENS, Ms. SOLIS, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, Mr.
HINCHEY, and Ms. LEE):

H.R. 4814. A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the
Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to
require that food that contains a genetically engineered material, or that
is produced with a genetically engineered material, be labeled accordingly;

to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee on Energy
and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in
each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the
jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

UPDATE JULY 2002
Current co-sponsors of HR 4814.

Rep Baldacci, John Elias (ME-2) - 6/11/2002
Rep Barrett, Thomas M. (WI-5) - 6/11/2002
Rep Berkley, Shelley - (NV-1) - 5/22/2002
Rep Brown, Sherrod - (OH-13) - 5/23/2002
Rep Carson, Julia - (IN-10) - 5/22/2002
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. - (OR-4) 5/22/2002
Rep Doyle, Michael F. - (PA-18) - 6/11/2002
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. - (IL -4) - 5/22/2002
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. - (NY-26) - 5/22/2002
Rep Honda, Michael M. - (CA-15) - 5/23/2002
Rep Inslee, Jay - (WA-1) - 6/11/2002
Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. - (IL-2) - 5/22/2002
Rep Kleczka, Gerald D. - (WI-4) - 6/11/2002
Rep Lee, Barbara - (CA-9) - 5/22/2002
Rep McKinney, Cynthia A. - (GA-4) - 5/22/2002
Rep Miller, George - (CA-7) - 5/22/2002
Rep Mink, Patsy T. - (HI-2) - 5/22/2002
Rep Nadler, Jerrold - (NY-8) - 5/22/2002
Rep Olver, John W. - (MA-1) - 5/22/2002
Rep Owens, Major R. - (NY-11) - 5/22/2002
Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. - (NJ-6) - 5/22/2002
Rep Rahall, Nick J., II - (WV-3) - 5/23/2002
Rep Rivers, Lynn N. - (MI-13) - 5/22/2002
Rep Rodriguez, Ciro - ( TX-28) - 5/22/2002
Rep Sanders, Bernard - (VT at large) - 5/22/2002
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. - (IL-9) - 6/11/2002
Rep Solis, Hilda L. - (CA-31) - 5/22/2002
Rep Udall, Tom - (NM-3) - 5/22/2002
Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. - (NY-12) - 5/22/2002
Rep Waters, Maxine - (CA-35) - 5/22/2002
Rep Watson, Diane E. - (CA-32) - 5/22/2002
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. - (CA-6) - 5/22/2002
Rep Wu, David - (OR-1) - 6/11/2002

H.R. 4815. A bill to ensure that efforts to address world hunger through the
use of genetically engineered animals and crops actually help developing
countries and peoples while protecting human health and the environment,
and
for other purposes; to the Committee on International Relations, and in
addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Financial Services, and
Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in
each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the
jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

By Mr. KUCINICH (for himself, Mr. SANDERS, Ms. MCKINNEY, Ms. RIVERS, Mr.
PALLONE, Mrs. MINK of Hawaii, Ms. CARSON of Indiana, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr.
GUTIERREZ, Mr. NADLER, Mr. OLVER, Mr. UDALL of New Mexico, Ms. VELAZQUEZ,
Ms. WATERS, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Ms. WATSON, Mr. RODRIGUEZ,
Ms. BERKLEY, Mr. OWENS, Ms. SOLIS, and Ms. LEE):

H.R. 4816. A bill to assign liability for injury caused by genetically
engineered organisms;
to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to
the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently
determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions
as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

By Mr. KUCINICH (for himself, Mr. SANDERS, Ms. MCKINNEY, Mr. PALLONE, Mrs.
MINK of Hawaii, Ms. CARSON of Indiana, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr.
NADLER, Mr. OLVER, Mr. UDALL of New Mexico, Ms. VELAZQUEZ, Ms. WATERS, Ms.
WOOLSEY, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Ms. WATSON, Mr. RODRIGUEZ, Ms. BERKLEY,
Mr. OWENS, Ms. SOLIS, and Ms. LEE):

What you can do:

Contact your Representative and Senator in Congress and tell them
to cosponsor these bills.
At this time, we are concentrating on HR 4814, which deals with labeling.

For more information on these bills, see our coalition partner The Campaign.

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