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.
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.
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.