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Connecticut Passes GMO Labeling Legislation

Connecticut Passes GMO Labeling Legislation

2013 has been the year of the GMO labeling fight, and this month brought pro-labeling supporters a victory. Connecticut has become the first state to pass legislation requiring companies to label GMO products. Though it seems like small potatoes, this is a big victory for anti-GMO advocates across the country.

While Connecticut isn’t the first state to introduce GMO labeling legislation, it is the first to successfully pass it. In 2012, it looked like Vermont would be the one to get the GMO labeling ball rolling, but the state failed to get the measure passed.

Washington and California also faced major GMO labeling battles. California urged people to vote yes on Prop 37, while Washington had the Yes on 522 campaign. Both of these campaigns were successful in that they got people talking about the issues. However, both ultimately failed at getting legislation passed.

Though neither was successful in getting GMOs labeled, they did help start and continue the conversation about labeling that likely helped Connecticut pass their legislation. As more people become educated on the issues, the more the issues are discussed. Those discussions lead to legislation like what Connecticut recently passed.

While it’s exciting that Connecticut has passed labeling legislation, it’s not a total victory and you won’t immediately start finding labeled products in the stores. For Connecticut’s law to come into effect, four other states must pass similar measures, and there’s no telling when that may happen.

The legislation also states that a combination of northeastern states with a combined population of 20 million must adopt a similar law. This part seems more likely to happen, with states like Vermont in the mix.  Though Vermont’s labeling legislation did not pass originally, it’s still something many residents of the state would like to see, including the ice cream company Ben and Jerry’s.

Connecticut may not have presented the clear-cut victory that many were hoping for, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. It will be interesting to see where the GMO labeling movement takes us in 2014.


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8:05AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Every journey starts with the first step.....
Brilliant !!
So very proud of Connecticut .

5:00PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

It's good to know that their in common sense being enacted in some states.

6:04AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Thank you Brandi, for Sharing this!

10:39AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Hawaii is going through the same kind of piecemeal legislation county by county. Thanks.

5:17AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Good for you, Connecticut

10:07PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

a step in the right direction

8:29PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

This gives me hope. Thanks for sharing.

7:42AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Connecticut rocks! Always has, always will.

7:40AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Way to go, Connecticut!

3:21AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

It's fortunate the measure wasn't co-written by a Monsanto lobbyist. Oregon will try for a win next year and we have the advantage of it being an election year. A GM wheat trial in the early 2000s and discontinued, went all this time before mysteriously showing up in a regular crop last summer. FBI investigated without any reported results and now the incident is part of a class action suit to be heard in Kansas City. Then there was a GM sugar beet crop that was burned plant by plant overnight in a different part of the state. Hopefully those events and lots of talk won't be forgotten by election time. We need to show the world that not all of the West Coast can be bamboozled by money and propaganda!

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