If you don't do anything else in the struggle against rBGH this year, PLEASE send a comment to Ed Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania, protesting the state's upcoming ban on any kind of rBGH-free type labeling. It's that critical.

And please do this: FORWARD THIS TO ANYONE YOU KNOW AND ASK THEM TO ALSO SEND A MESSAGE. Our rights as consumers and citizens are being denied - we must stand up to Monsanto and their bedfellows.

The contact information is:
To send an e-mail directly, use governor@state.pa.us or you can go to this URL on the governor's website: Governor's Website

To telephone the Governor's Office call: (717) 787-2500.
To mail a letter, use this address: Governor Edward G. Rendell's Office
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120

This isn't just a Pennsylvania issue. This ban applies to all dairy products sold in the state affecting dairies all over the country. For instance, this would impact Tillamook and Nancy's Yogurt in Oregon.
Moreover, Monsanto's supporters are mounting the same attack in other states, including Ohio and New Jersey. If we win in Pennsylvania, we'll demonstrate to other states that consumers will not stand for this suppression of the truth. This isn't just about the market, this is about free speech - democracy itself.

Just say what you believe and tell it straight from the heart.

Suggested messages please feel free to put any of these in any of your own words:

Option 1 - If you only have a minute, these are the two most critical points to make:

*Consumers have the right to know what's in their food.
*Dairies have the right to inform consumers what's in their products.

Pennsylvania's ban is nothing less than suppressing free speech - this is censorship.

When writing or calling, please note your name and address. This is a nationwide issue.

Option 2 If you have a little more time, include:

*Consumers have the right to know what's in their food.
*Dairies have the right to inform consumers what's in their products.

Other important points you can add:

*There are significant differences between rBGH and rBGH-free milk. Scientists in the U.S., Canada and the European Union have all questioned the safety of rBGH, especially in increasing the risks of cancer and antibiotic resistance in humans. Codex Alimentarius, the United Nations main food safety body, TWICE decided it could not endorse the safety of rBGH for human health.

*There is no doubt that rBGH increases disease rates in dairy cows even the FDA acknowledges this and the health risks are listed right on the rBGH package insert. In addition to having concerns about human health, Canada and the European Union have banned the use of rBGH officially on animal welfare grounds. Virtually every animal protection agency in the country, including the Humane Society of the U.S. and Animal Protection Institute, opposes it.

*Health Care Without Harm, an international coalition of over 440 organizations in 52 countries promoting safe and healthy practices in hospitals, has stated its official opposition to rBGH based on human and animal health risks.

*We're not confused about these labels and we're not stupid we know exactly what they mean. This ban isn't about protecting consumers, it's about protecting Monsanto's profits.

*The more consumers learn about rBGH, the more they want rBGH-free products. Our right to make an informed buying decision is being suppressed by the state of Pennsylvania.

*Tell your story straight from the heart as a mother, father, doctor, nurse, scientist, farmer, dairy processor, retailer, teacher, student, etc.

Please note your name and address

It's time to stand up and be counted PLEASE ACT NOW AND TELL OTHERS! Thank you!

Rick North, Project Director Campaign For Safe Food
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility