The first state that might require labeling of processed foods that could possibly contain genetically-modified ingredients came out of the Connecticut State Senate on May 21 following a 35-1 vote.
Per a stipulation in the bill, nothing would happen unless three other states pass similar regulations about GM-food labeling before July 2016.
As in every state, where activists are attempting to get GM product labeling, Food Democracy Now!, a grassroots activist movement, was lobbying the state senate for passage. The organization claims 36 other states are considering legislation to require such labeling.
“Connecticut is setting an example for the rest of the country to follow. The time for GMO labeling is now,” said Lisa Stokke, co-founder of Food Democracy Now!. “Americans should have the right to know just as the citizens of more than 60 other countries already do.”
It is obvious that those who contend GM-food products labeling is unnecessary or should be clearly defined with appropriate language, including most food processors, crop protection companies, seed companies and agricultural trade associations, have a big task to educate and recommend appropriate labeling laws that work for the ag industry and consumers.