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Dec 13, 2013 01:54 PM

Danbury Daily Voice: Connecticut passes historic GMO labeling law

State Rep. Tony Hwang, a Republican from Fairfield: “This bill moves forward and reinforces our fundamental right to know what is in our food so we can make informed choices about what we feed our families . . . Consumers may or may not wish to purchase foods that they know to be genetically modified, but they need the information made available to them to make those informed choices.”

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  1. I loudly applaud CT for taking this step, although it is largely symbolic. The conditional requirements needed to actually implement the law may be difficult to accomplish (four other neighboring states must do the same and at least 20 million people must be affected by the ruling), but they have made it clear where they stand and that's better than any other state has been able to do. I hope that this ruling will not be pre-empted by a weak federal law that will nullify states' rulings and will grandfather in many processed foods, but that is likely to happen.

    Melanie, what does this mean:

    "The bill also includes language that protects Connecticut farmers by ensuring regional adoption of the new labeling system before requiring local farms to analyze and label genetically engineered products."

    Thank you for your posts on these important issues. I broached this subject a couple of years ago here and the silence was deafening. People are starting to wake up and I'm very happy to see some discussion here on CH.

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    1. re: sandiasingh

      Without any other insight, my take on the requirement that other states join CT before enacting the law is that the people of CT are pragmatic. I read this that they recognize that they are a small population and do not want to impose undue hardship on suppliers to comply with such a law until a larger size market also requires the same measures. Otherwise you might simply have suppliers exit the CT market willing to give up a small number of customers, if it were the only state to have this requirement.

      1. re: sandiasingh

        An initiative to require GMO labeling recently lost in Washington state. While urban, upscale counties like King and Jefferson (Port Townsend) were strongly in favor, ones with more farming (eastern Washington, as well as Skagit) were equally against it.

      2. Maine, one of four neighboring states, has passed its GMO labeling law.