Target: Paul LePage, Governor of Maine
Goal: Thank governor for pledging to demand GMO labeling in Maine
The governor of Maine, Paul LePage, pledged to sign a bill requiring the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in food products produced and sold in Maine. The governor pledged to sign the bill in January 2014, when the legislature convenes for the second session. LePage’s commitment is an important step towards ensuring that the bill gets signed into law and should be recognized as such. When the bill gets signed, Maine will become the second state in the country, after Connecticut, to adopt labeling requirements for foods derived from GMO crops and animals.
The bill is called “An Act to Protect Maine Food Consumers’ Right to Know about Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock.” Governor LePage strongly believes in the consumers’ right to know what is in their food and believes it is a right that everyone can support. His support for the bill is based largely on the requirement in the bill that similar legislation be enacted and passed in other contiguous states. Both Connecticut and Maine’s legislation requires four neighboring states to pass similar legislation before the laws take effect.
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) acknowledges that organic farmers cannot and will not use seeds, plants or animal feeds that have been genetically modified to incorporate foreign genetic material from other species. It has also been widely acknowledged that such foods and their impact on human health have not been assessed adequately. Moreover, currently there are virtually no federal regulations in this area and often organic farmers and family farms are losing against commercial conglomerates infesting their crops with GMO seeds.
When the government fails to provide federal regulations to protect the health of consumers and their right to choose, it is up to state legislators to demand justice and protect their people. Sign this petition to commend Governor Paul LePage for pledging to sign the bill that would require GMO labeling in Maine. One by one, states can achieve nationwide protections for consumers.
Dear Governor Paul LePage,
Thank you for pledging to sign the LD 718 bill in January that would require GMO labeling in Maine. Currently there are virtually no requirements for GMO labeling on a federal level. Despite this, state legislators can change this situation one state at a time, and by signing this bill you will help Maine become the second state in the country to require GMO labeling.
This shows not only progressive thinking on your part, but also your caring for the citizens of your state. You are giving consumers the right to choose and be informed about what is in their food. Your pledge also sets an example for others to follow suit and provide basic consumer protections to ensure a greater health for individuals and their families.
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