A second attempt in Connecticut to pass a law to require food-labeling to inform the public about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is being crafted by two state Democrats. There is also support from some GOP legislators.
In 2012 a bill from the now-retired state representative, Richard Roy (D) was dropped because of fears that it may have been grounds for a lawsuit from Monsanto, who make GMO seeds. This time around Rep. Phil Miller and Rep. Diana Urban are being extra-vigilant in preparing a bill that will be, they hope, litigation-free.
“We’re preparing it right now to leave them with as little to do to fix it. And our bill very closely resembles the ones going forth in Maine, Vermont and New Jersey,” reporter Joe Amarante quotes Rep. Miller as saying in a story Friday. “We want consumers to make an educated choice, and 62 countries have labeling requirements.”
Rally to support food-labeling in Connecticut
There was a rally Thursday in Hartford, Conn. at the State Legislative Office Building in support of food-labeling. Roy was there to speak and so was Republican state representative, Tony Hwang, who told the crowd that it is the basic "right of a person to know what they’re eating."
Monsanto claims their seeds are safe, increase yields and say that labeling would be costly and unnecessary. Many individuals and groups do not believe Monsanto's claims and side with Rep. Hwang, saying everyone has a right to know if GMOs are in the foods they buy.
In California last November, Prop. 37, a bill to make food-labeling mandatory was defeated by 53 to 47 percent. Proponents said Monsanto and other companies with vested interests far outspent them and claim the funding disparity influenced the result. Meanwhile, in Hawaii on Thursday, a bill passed which will make food-labeling mandatory; the bill, however, only applies to produce imported from outside the state.
No timeline yet as to when Miller and Urban's bill will be ready for the state legislature.