Target: Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
Goal: Support Connecticut’s efforts to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
Earlier this month, Connecticut became the first state to pass a bill requiring the labeling of all GMO foods. As a result of bipartisan compromise in the Senate, the bill contains a stipulation that requires four other states to pass similar bills before the bill becomes law. Northeastern states must have a population exceeding 20 million and at least one state must border Connecticut. This requirement is intended to ensure a regional market for GMO labeled foods and maintains the state’s competitive advantage.
When the bill becomes law, packaging of all foods containing genetically modified ingredients will be labeled “Produced with Genetic Engineering.” This comprehensive labeling system will extend the FDA’s current issues of consumer safety and health to include the guarantee that consumers are informed about the origins of their food. The legislation promotes greater transparency in our food system and marks an important shift in the way consumers make decisions about the food they purchase.
A poll conducted by Thompson Reuters and National Public Radio found 93% of Americans believe all genetically modified foods should be labeled. In spite of this widespread public support, powerful private interests like Monsanto and Dow Chemical create major obstacles to passing GMO labeling legislation. These big seed corporations have emphatically lobbied and invested millions of dollars to defeat GMO labeling in California and New York to protect their genetically modified products and maintain the status quo.
According to Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, Connecticut’s move is an “important first step,” and “a reminder of where the tide is going on this issue.” With more than 20 other states trying to pursue labeling legislation, Connecticut’s bill will hopefully inspire others to follow in their footsteps in approving labeling laws.
In this petition, we acknowledge Connecticut as a leader in the fight for GMO labeling and express our support for similar efforts across the nation to keep consumers informed about their food choices.
Dear Governor Malloy,
Thank you for your efforts in approving the bill to label genetically modified food in Connecticut.
Comprehensive GMO labeling in the US will help create a more transparent food system in which consumers are well informed about their food options and thus are able to make more responsible decisions.
As the first state to pass this bill, we applaud you for your leadership on this issue and hope your actions will inspire similar legislation on GMO foods throughout the country.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: CT Senate Democrats via Flickr