The suspense is over. Big Food has found its man in Congress.
This week, POLITICO reported that Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) will sponsor the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s (GMA) bill to kill GMO labeling.
The GMA’s proposed bill is intended to preempt states’ rights to enact laws mandating the labeling of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in food sold in grocery stores.
But wait. Aren’t Republicans pro-states’ rights? And wouldn’t any politician shy away from supporting legislation that more than 90 percent of consumers reject?
You’d think. Except when industry is paying that politician’s freight. The good citizens of Kansas may think they put Rep. Pompeo in office. But fact is, he wouldn’t have garnered those votes without the generous contributions of Koch industries, and Big Food and Big Ag.
They don’t call him the Congressman from Koch Industries for nuthin’.
We have less than two weeks to shame Rep. Pompeo into backing down from co-sponsoring the GMA’s bill. What can you do? Call his office, and tell him Congress members should represent the people, not corporations. Join the several thousand people so far who have posted creative comments on his facebook page. And please sign one of the petitions below.
Call Rep. Pompeo’s office 202-225-6216
If you live in Kansas, contact Pompeo’s office here
If you live outside Kansas, sign this petition to Pompeo
Post on Pompeo’s Facebook page