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Governor signs GMO label bill

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the bill that would require labeling of genetically modified food yesterday.

“We have vigorously pursued all opportunities to improve nutrition across Connecticut,” said Malloy.  “By increasing access to school breakfast for undernourished children, supporting local farmers, and strengthening how we market Connecticut grown products, we are making strides to get healthy foods on tables across the state.  This bill strikes an important balance by ensuring the consumers’ right to know what is in their food while shielding our small businesses from liability that could leave them at a competitive disadvantage.  I look forward to working with advocates and stakeholders on this important issue, and thank legislative leaders for their work in crafting this legislation.”

This bill protects local farming by ensuring that the regional agriculture market has adopted the new labeling system before placing an undue and disproportionate burden on Connecticut farmers that requires them to analyze and label products.

“This law doesn’t ban, or restrict, or tax anything. It simply let’s moms and dads know what’s in the food they’re buying for their children,” said Senate Republican Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield).  “I’m pleased Connecticut is a pioneer in passing this common sense legislation.  I urge Washington follow our lead.”

A genetically engineered food as envisioned in this legislation is food that is intended for human consumption and seed that is intended to produce food for human consumption, which has been genetically altered by scientists to improve its ability to grow in non-native environments, resist pests, tolerate extreme weather conditions, produce more food (like milk in cows), or show other desired traits. GMOs found in these genetically engineered foods are created by scientists and cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

 

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