The heart and soul of the Truth in Labeling Coalition, Anne was hired in 2007 by The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Food with one agenda: Enacting federal legislation requiring food companies to label products produced with genetically engineered ingredients. For the past eight and half years, Anne has worked full-time to find common ground among industry and government leaders to address the genetic engineering of our food supply.
With farming roots in Southeast Iowa, Anne believes that multiple threats to humanity’s survival – ecological and climate imbalance, the degradation of our food supply, and loss of cultural integrity – can only be solved by re-establishing agriculture in harmony with natural law.
Working with experts; Dr. John Fagan, the molecular biologist who developed the first DNA testing protocols for detecting the presence of genetically engineered organisms in food crops; Steven Druker, the public interest attorney who initiated a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Dr. Michael Hansen, Consumers Union Senior Scientist; and other public interest groups [Center for Food Safety, Institute for Responsible Technology, Food Democracy Now!, and Just Label It, and others] she succeeded in getting the AMA to adopt new policy recommending mandatory safety testing of genetically engineered food in 2012.
As a volunteer for Mothers for Natural Law, she helped petition the National Organic Standards Board to disallow genetically engineered ingredients. Employed by Genetic ID in 2005, Anne helped to implement non-GMO identity preservation systems in order to encourage food companies to adopt the Non-GMO Project standard in producing food without genetically engineered ingredients. She was responsible for subscriptions and advertising in the Organic and Non-GMO Report, until tackling the job of lobbying Congress for a mandatory, federal GMO labeling law. A professional chef, Anne is the mother of six children and fifteen grandchildren. Food is her life.
Derek and Nancy Casady
Derek Casady, former editor of the Daily Californian newspaper in East County and his wife, Nancy, Executive Director of Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-op in San Diego, California, are both former State Congressional candidates. A direct descendant of Daniel Boone and descendant of a member of the American Revolution Derek was associate editor of Psychology Today magazine, served ten years as assistant to the President Pro Tempore of the California Senate has been in the organic food business for more than 20 years. A former shipboard Naval engineering officer and Stanford graduate, Derek took on the fight to label genetically engineered food after Nancy, his wife of 40 years, announced on their anniversary that she wanted two things: labeling of genetically engineered food and a shutdown of San Onofre Nuclear power plant, 50 miles north of the Casady home in La Jolla.
Nancy lobbied for ten years for women’s health issues in the California Legislature, and served as vice president of the National Cooperative Grocer’s Association. In 2012, she was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the California state Food and Agriculture Board in 2012, overseeing California’s $40 billion agriculture business.
Former Congressman Jim Bates
In 2008, Former Congressman Bates authored a Citizens Petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and succeeded in getting the issue of genetically engineered food issue on the Congressional radar. He is an icon in the American political landscape; elected to the San Diego City Council in his 20’s, the Board of Supervisors in his 30’s. and Congress in his 40’s; he served four terms in the U.S. Congress representing California’s 44th District. Jim is a self-made political strategist of unusual ability; tenacious, with a keen sense of how to get things done. He was the sole author of the 1990 Stratosphere Ozone Protection Act, the historic legislation that closed the hole in the ozone layer. Most importantly, he is a willing and passionate champion of the right of American families to an informed choice about the food they eat. Read More