You’ve no doubt heard that the CT General Assembly passed a GMO labeling bill on Monday- the first of its kind in our country. Governor Malloy has publicly said that he will sign the bill into law. Many thanks to those of you who have advocated in any form for its passage. It would not have happened without our voices and the support our state received from national organizations like Food & Water Watch.
Soybean oil and now canola oil (granted generally recognized as safe “GRAS” status for use in infant formula by the FDA in January, 2013) are used by infant formula manufacturers as sources of good fat. We know that about 90 percent of US soybean and canola crop are genetically modified and processed into a variety of industrial and consumer products, including oils. How much of the soybean and canola oils used in infant formulas, including Similac by Abbott, Enfamil by MeadJohnson, and Good Start by Gerber (a Nestle brand), are genetically modified?
This year, Connecticut joined about 20 other states that have recently debated laws requiring suppliers to label all genetically modified food. Though Connecticut’s bill died in the last session, House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan, D-Meriden, has begun to form a bipartisan legislative task force to investigate the issue.
I like to think of myself as an informed consumer, at least when it comes to food. Being a food writer and regular farmers’ market shopper, I’ve been pretty comfortable in that assertion for years. In my family, we buy a lot of organic foods, especially meats, produce and dairy. Our kids have been eating a variety of foods from the beginning: salmon, spinach, hummus, feta cheese and balsamic vinegar are all things they will ask for by name. Deep fried chicken parts never entered into our family’s food equation.
Imagine my surprise when I found out how woefully late I am to the real food party.
Yesterday, Right to Know CT launched a petition asking House and Senate leadership and Governor Malloy to enact HB 5117 and we have 350 signatures already! Please sign the petition and share it via email, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, etc. so we can gather as many signatures as possible from anywhere in the country. http://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-ct-support-right-to-know-ct-and-gmo-labeling-enact-hb-5117-into-law. We plan to hand the bill in to the Legislature after this rally on Friday.
Please join Analiese Paik of the Fairfield Green Food Guide and holistic health counselor Tara Cook- Littman, Founders of THE RIGHT TO KNOW CT campaign (righttoknow.org) for an important and dynamic discussion about GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). Several of our CT legislators will also be present.
Right now we need to urge the leadership of the House and Senate to call HB 5117 before the session ends on May 9. The support from CT representatives and senators is strong. But, without the bill being called, there is not much we can do. Please call or email each person listed below, urging them to call the bill so CT can be the first state to pass a mandatory GMO labeling bill.
Guests Analiese Paik, founder of the Fairfield Green Food Guide, and Tara Cook-Littmann, a holistic health counselor and former NY state prosecutor, will discuss GMOs, the CT GMO labeling bill, and ways to support the bill.
On Friday, March 2, 2012, the Environment Committee held a news conference, followed by a legislative forum on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) sponsored by State Representative Richard Roy, co-chair of the Environment Committee. Following the news conference supporting HB 5117, An Act Requiring the Labeling of Genetically-Engineered Foods, national expert on the subject, Jeffrey Smith, led the legislative forum about GMOs. A question and answer session followed with the press. Afterwards state representatives and senators shared their positive views on the bill.
By Analiese Paik What Are GMOs and What Does the Bill Mean for Consumers? Saturday, March 10 10-12 noon Pequot Library 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT (203) 259-0346 Free and open to the public Left to right: Rep. T.R. Rowe … Read more
By Analiese Paik It’s been incredibly eye opening to see democracy in action and to be an active participant in our legislative process. As I prepared to give live testimony last Wednesday, February 22, in support of HB 5117, An … Read more