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GMO Labeling Rally in Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut – The food labeling advocacy group started in Fairfield, Right to Know CT, is ramping up its efforts to support proposed legislation to require labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The bill set for a vote this week in the Connecticut House of Representatives would mandate the labeling of foods containing GMOs. At present, no state in the country requires such labeling, despite the overwhelming presence of GMOs in the nation’s food supply.

“If the bill passes the House, it moves to the state Senate,” says Analiese Paik, Fairfield resident and founder of the Fairfield Green Food Guide and co-founder of Right to Know CT. “If it passes the Senate, it goes straight the governor’s desk.”

At least seventy percent of processed foods sold in supermarkets contain at least one genetically modified ingredient, according to a 2003 study commissioned by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The FDA does not require specific safety testing on GMOs to determine the effects of consumption by humans or animals. However, dozens of countries across the globe — including China, Japan, South Korea, Australian and all European Union Members — have enacted laws requiring labeling of foods containing GMOs.

Right to Know CT is planning to rally at the state capital in Hartford on Friday, May 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the goal of influencing state legislators to call the bill to the floor for a vote.

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