GMO Food Labels may be Coming Soon to Connecticut
|December 21, 2013||Posted by Staff under Health|
This 2013 excerpt of Popular Resistance, Dec 13, is by Steven Yablonski, Susan Raff, and Joseph Wenzel.
Connecticut has become a pioneer in food labeling as it is the first state to pass legislation to make companies say if their products contain genetically modified organisms or GMOs.
GMOs are used to help plants be resistant to herbicides and pesticides, but it’s done by taking DNA from a bacteria or a virus, which is inserted into the seed. GMOs are commonly found in corn, soy, canola, and sugar.
Connecticut’s law goes into effect after four other states enacted similar legislation. In addition, a combination of northeastern states with a combined population of at least 20 million, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, must adopt similar laws.
The bill also includes language that will protect local farmers to ensure regional adoption of the new labeling system before it will require local farms to analyze and label genetically engineered products.
Buying foods that are organic has become popular and in health food stores, yet it’s not common to find products that are already labeled GMO-free.
Ed Notes: With food labels, one small government inches toward protecting the public instead of favoring insider businesses. Let’s hope small steps do begin long journeys, perhaps all the way to ending the limits on the liability of corporations that knowingly put customers, workers, and nature at risk. BTW, Connecticut is also the first state in probably a century to allow some localities to utilize public recovery of publicly-generated land values, a policy already working well in Pennsylvania and beyond America. What are they putting in the drinking water in that progressive News England state? Certainly not GMOs.