(NaturalHealth365) Just one week after the Senate powerfully rejected the ”Sanders Amendment”, Governor Dannel P. Malloy and caucus leaders announced that Connecticut is now slated to become the first state in the U.S. to require GMO labeling.
Specifically, it will require food that is either entirely or partially genetically altered to be labeled with the words “Produced with Genetic Engineering.” Although, to be fully instated, a bizarre set of circumstances must be achieved before the compromise House Bill 6527 is enacted.
Could House Bill 6527 be the start of something great?
Approved by the House of Representatives on May 24 by a vote of 114-7, House Bill 6527 originally contained two significant compromises. At that time, it was required that five states with an aggregate population of 25 million were required to adopt a similar labeling provision. It was also determined by lawmakers that two of those five states had to border Connecticut or be New York and New Jersey.
After mounting pressure from anti-GMO campaigns like the March Against Monsanto, these requirements lightened up a bit.
According to the latest June 1 agreement between Mallory and caucus leaders, the final compromise is that only four states must pass similar legislation and one of those states must border Connecticut. Moreover, legislatures are requiring that any combination of northeastern states with a minimum combined population of 20 million people must approve a similar bill. Qualifying states include Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania or New Jersey.
The voice of Connecticut’s triumph: An example for all politicians
“We have vigorously pursued all opportunities to improve nutrition across Connecticut. By increasing access to school breakfast for undernourished children, supporting local farmers, and strengthening how we market Connecticut grown products, we are making strides to get healthy foods on tables across the state. This bill strikes an important balance by ensuring the consumers’ right to know what is in their food while shielding our small businesses from liability that could leave them at a competitive disadvantage. I look forward to working with advocates and stakeholders on this important issue, and thank legislative leaders for their work in crafting this legislation.”
House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin & Southington),
“Consumers deserve to know what they are eating. I’m proud that Connecticut is taking a bold and sensible step to allow families to make informed decisions when purchasing food.”
Senate Republican Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield),
“This law doesn’t ban, or restrict, or tax anything. It simply let’s Mom’s and Dad’s know what’s in the food they’re buying for their children. I’m pleased Connecticut is a pioneer in passing this common sense legislation.”
”I urge Washington follow our lead.”
Senate President Donald E. Williams (D-Brooklyn),
“This bipartisan agreement means that Connecticut families have all the information they need to make informed, healthy choices when feeding their families. There is mounting scientific evidence showing that genetically modified foods are harmful to our health.”
Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden),
“Today is a significant victory in the fight to know what is in the food we eat and what we feed to our families. Connecticut will be the first state in the nation to pass a GMO labeling law and this sets the stage for other states to join the growing movement to give consumers more choices. As a small state, Connecticut couldn’t go it alone – this compromise strikes the right balance.”
It’s only a matter of time before the people win this battle
No doubt, Big Ag will do everything in their power to prevent House Bill 6527 from ever coming into fruition. However, with the global shift against GMO’s and social media being used to raise awareness, it is really only a matter of time before neighboring northeastern states are pressured to follow suit, thereby permitting Connecticut to mandate labeling.
Contact your local Senator today and demand that they support House Bill 6527 and GMO labeling.
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