By Analiese Paik
Attention GMO labeling law supporters! Breaking news from the CT General Assembly’s Environment Committee: The public hearing for the Genetically Modified Foods labeling bill, HB 5117, will be on Wednesday, Feb 22 in room 1C of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford. Sign up will begin at 9:30, and is first come, first served.
Testimony can be submitted to the Environment Committee’s clerk, Jason Bowsza, at Jason.Bowsza@cga.ct.gov. the night before so a hard copy can be include in the committee members’ packets. Your submitted testimony will not be read out loud at the hearing, but will be posted online. If you plan to deliver live testimony, it’s in your best interest to send it to the clerk too. If you do not submit your testimony to Jason Bowsza, you must bring 50 hard copies or the Committee will not accept it. Please keep your comments to policy aspects of the bill, most importantly our right to know what’s in our food. Singling out any one company or making unsubstantiated accusations will not be helpful. Stick to the facts, and there are lot of them. A copy of the bill can be found in this link.
I will be delivering testimony at the event and look forward to seeing other GMO labeling law advocates there. It has been my great pleasure to work closely with Rep. Dick Roy (D-Milford), co-Chairman of the Environment Committee, and Rep. Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield), a member of the Environment Committee, along with a very dedicated and passionate group of community leaders on this issue. Rep. Tony Hwang invites you to call or email him with questions or concerns at 860-240-8700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I encourage you to comment below to get this conversation started. Do you think we have a right to know what’s in our food? Do you support HB 5117?
KOPN radio interview with host Melinda Hemmelgarn and guest Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the non-GMO project
Non GMO Project (excellent listen while you’re making dinner or driving in the car.)
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