Sunday, June 9, 2013

NYS Rep Calls GM Labeling "Meddling of the Left" and wants to be "Left Alone"

Action Alert! From
NYS Assembly member Bill Nojay is in dire need of some "loving" attention from us. One of our great supporters, Joyce Stotts of Newark, NY, has been kind enough to share the recent email exchange she had with Honorable Assembly member Nojay. After reading it, please tell him via phone, email, twitter, and FB how you feel about his response to Joyce AND his NO vote last week on bill A3525-A when it came before the Committee on Consumer Protection and Affairs. PLEASE SHARE, NEW YORK!

Bill Nojay (Rep, Dist 133)
Albany phone:  518-455-5662 
District phone:  585-346-0002 
Twitter: @Nojay4Assembly

It's worth the full read:
Sent by Joyce Stotts on 6/7/13 at 11:18 a.m.

Dear Mr. Nojay:

I recently wrote you asking for your support regarding labeling Genetically Modified Foods in New York State. Last night, I was told you also recently replied to my friend that you are completely against GMO labeling, and that the issue has only been brought up because Organic Farmers want to make more money! Mr. Nojay: I am NOT an organic farmer and neither are many of the concerned citizens I know who want GMO foods labeled. New Yorkers just want to know what is being put in our food, just like when trans fats and aspartame were labeled, so consumers can make a choice. If Vermont and Connecticut State Legislators have voted to label GMOs to protect their citizens, why can't New York Legislators protect us? (See quotes from USA Today Newspaper below.)

Sir, there is a large body of research coming out that proves that ingesting genetically altered foods is very dangerous, contributes to autism, cancer, intestinal disorders and even alterations in genetic expression in humans (even in all mammals).

Do you sincerely believe that the "big money" is going to tell you the truth about the hundreds of thousands of people in India who are committing suicide over the destruction that Monsanto's GMO products have wreaked on their lives and their animals' lives? Do you really think that the multitude of scientists and professors are lying, who are coming out of the closet explaining that they have consistently seen animals die very young of cancer from eating GMO corn in their medical laboratories?

Here is a link to an article from a former pro-GMO researcher who has come out of the closet to tell the truth!

1) The Japanese Government turned away all U.S. imports of wheat due to genetic contamination by Monsanto's early experiments with GMO wheat. Already there is a huge lawsuit being put together to sue Monsanto for destroying the farmers whose wheat is being rejected by many countries around the world due the dangers of ingesting GMOs.
2) South Korea has also banned GMO foods, following Japan's decision:

3) Hungary discovered and BURNED 500 hectares of GMO corn, because they refuse to allow GMO contamination of crops in their country!

Below is an excerpt from the "March Against Monsanto" news and USA Today:
"Though the mainstream media was nowhere to be found in covering it, the largest ever global protest against genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) took place on May 25, 2013, in at least 52 countries and 436 major cities worldwide. The protest, which was initiated as part of the grassroots March Against Monsanto movement and included more than two million marchers, marks a tipping point in the debate over GMOs, and particularly their unlabeled presence in the food supplies of many countries, including in the U.S....

However, state legislatures in Vermont and Connecticut moved ahead this month with votes to make food companies declare genetically modified ingredients on their packages. And supermarket retailer Whole Foods Markets Inc. has said that all products in its North American stores that contain genetically modified ingredients will be labeled as such by 2018."

Please rethink your position on labeling GMOs, Mr. Nojay. We are counting on you to protect your constituents and their families, rather than believing the info. from big Agra-businesses, which only want to protect their wallets!

Best always,

Joyce E. and Robert E. Stotts
Newark, NY


Mr. Nojay's response: same date - 6/7/13, 1:41 p.m., A DIRECT QUOTE SENT EXACTLY AS FOLLOWS:

"If you don't like them, don't buy them. I never understand the endless meddling of the Left in the lives of the rest of us. Buy your organic food and be happy...and leave the rest of us alone."

[Joyce's initial thoughts: How can Mr. Nojay say, "If you don't like them, don't buy them", if we cannot always detect GMOs in foods due to lack of labeling? THAT is the exact reason for asking him for help with GMO labeling in the first place!!]

Joyce's subsequent reply follows...

Reply to Mr. Nojay: same date - 6/7/13, 5:10 p.m.

Dear Mr. Nojay:

I appreciate that you took the time to reply, but I am very disheartened to know that you do not take sincere letters from CONSERVATIVES seriously. Ask Senator Nozzolio! I and the vast majority of our friends and co-workers are die-hard
CONSERVATIVES. I have even spent two elections cycles pounding the streets door-to-door to get/keep valuable Conservatives
in office. We just don't want big agribusiness sneaking poisoned foods into our foods without us knowing it! Is that worse than
asking companies to label trans fats that they use in their foods?

Don't you realize that there are tons of concerned citizens that cannot afford Organic (of all political persuasions and walks of life) who want to know if their foods contain GMOs or not?

In the future, Sir, I would hope you would address me and my sincere requests with the same human courtesy with which you would expect someone to address you. You are welcome to your own personal opinions, Mr. Nojay, but I do not think my previous email, which showed you EVIDENCE of the dangers of GMOs, deserved this kind of lack of respect. I will also pass on your comments to my friend who spoke to me last evening about the kind of reply you sent on to her. She is an instructor of nutrition, so I am positive she will want to know how you replied to me today, as well will her many students from across the greater Rochester region.

Thank you kindly,

Joyce E. Stotts
MSEd, CNHP, and Bilingual Translator
Bill Nojay was elected to serve the constituents of the 133rd Assembly District on November 6, 2012. His district includes all of Livingston County, the towns of Pittsford, Mendon, Wheatland and Rush in Monroe County as well as the towns of Prattsburgh, Cohocton, Wayland, Dansville, Hornellsville an...
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