Connecticut’s Genetically Engineered Foods bill may still be alive, but it is no longer a bill requiring the labeling of GE foods. As of last night, the labeling provision was removed. Why was this bill eviscerated? Rep. Richard Roy of Milford, co-chair of the Environment Committee and the original sponsor of the bill, when reached for comment this morning said “I feel very strongly that someone or some state has to challenge the use of the Bill of Rights, designed to protect we individuals, from using it to thwart the sharing of information and the subjugation of a whole industry.
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.
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
In Support of HB 5117, An Act Concerning Genetically-Engineered Foods Submitted to the Connecticut General Assembly Environment Committee Live testimony begins on 2/22/12 at 9:30 am By Analiese Paik February 21, 2012 To Senator Meyer, Representative Roy, and Members of … Read more
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 … Read more