Consumer and farm advocates fought for more than a decade to get country of origin labels for our food. Thankfully we have these labels for much of our meat, fruits and vegetables.
But big food companies keep trying to get rid of these labels through legislation and lawsuits.
Today, join thousands of others calling President Barack Obama at 888-793-4597 and ask him to stand up for country of origin labeling. The White House tracks how many calls they get on an issue, so every call matters.
Farmers and consumers both want to keep country of origin labeling. When meat, fruits and vegetables are labeled with the country where they are produced, we can make informed choices about what we’re eating.
But big meat-packers and food processors are pushing to weaken or eliminate these common-sense labels because they could affect profits.
At the same time, a ruling from the World Trade Organization on a long standing international trade dispute over COOL could add fuel to their fire, because these labels could mean people buy more locally produced foods, rather than foods that are coming from the other side of the world.
Today, call the White House at 888-793-4597.
You can say:
“Hi, my name is ______, and I’m from ________.
I urge President Obama to stand up for my right to know where my food comes from by protecting country of origin labels.
President Obama campaigned to protect COOL in 2008, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture initially offered a vigorous defense of COOL. But the White House has not stood up for COOL in the face of widespread, and often deceptive, attacks by big corporations. Now is the time for President Obama to forcefully defend these sensible consumer labels and tell Congress that he won’t sign any legislation that weakens or eliminates COOL.