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Time Is Running Out To Support The Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill

Support mandatory GMO labeling in CT! Time is Running out.

Connecticut Needs Immediate Help to Pass a Mandatory GMO Labeling Law

Currently  that would mandate labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This bill would give us the transparency that citizens of 50 other states, including all of Europe, Japan, Brazil, China, Australia, and New Zealand already enjoy.

We want the right to know what foods contain GMOs so that we may have the ability to choose whether or not to feed GMOs to our families. GMOs are in 80 to 90 percent of all the processed foods in America, yet most Americans have no idea when they are eating GMOs because of the lack of labeling. If you are eating processed food with derivatives of soy, corn, canola, cottonseed, or sugar beets, and that food has not been certified organic or verified as Non GMO by the Non GMO Project, then you are consuming GMOs. If CT HB 5117, the mandatory GMO labeling bill, is not called for a vote before May 9th, the bill will die.

Righttoknowct.org needs YOUR help to get this bill passed. Regardless of what state you live in, HB 5117 will affect you! If CT can lead the way for GMO labeling legislation, other states will follow. If this bill is defeated, it will deter other states from attempting to pass similar legislation and the Biotech industry will have yet another victory.

Below are action steps you can take to support the Connecticut GMO labeling bill.
Time is running out. 
Righttoknowct.org needs your help now.

# 1

PLEASE CALL AND E-MAIL THE CT HOUSE LEADERSHIP URGING THEM TO CALL HB 5117 FOR A VOTE THIS WEEK
Speaker of the House: 
Christopher Donovan 
Christopher.Donovan@cga.ct.gov
860-240-8500, 1-800-842-1902
House Majority Leader:
J. Brendan Sharkey (D) 
Brendan.Sharkey@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-1902 | (860) 240-8500
House Republican Leader:
Lawrence F. Cafero, Jr. (R)
Larry.Cafero@housegop.ct.gov
1-800-842-1423

# 2

TELL CONNECTICUT LEGISLATORS TO SUPPORT OUR RIGHT TO KNOW

Tell your legislators to vote in favor of CT HB 5117, a mandatory GMO labeling bill. Go towww.righttoknowct.org to send letters to CT legislators asking them to support the bill. Click on the link and it will only take minutes.

# 3

ATTEND THE RALLY ON FRIDAY, MAY 4TH, FROM 11:30 - 1:00 PM AT THE CAPITOL IN HARTFORD

You have a right to know what is in your food! Support the GMO labeling bill and Right to Know CT who will rally at the Capitol on Friday, May 4, from 11:30-1:00 pm, after which we will hand deliver the Right to Know petition to the legislature The rally will be held on the north side of the state Capitol building that overlooks the park, so let’s meet there. Come anytime from 11:30-1:00. Please prepare a sign or banner to help promote our mission, to get HB 5117 passed to mandate GMO labeling in our state. Please remember, this is a Pro-GMO labeling event, not a Non-GMO event, all signage should stay on message. Analiese Paik, Tara Cook-Littman, Bill Duesing, and Bob Burns among others will each make brief statements at the rally so passers-by and the media will hear the many reasons why GMO labeling is important for CT consumers. Please tell your legislators to attend the rally and show their support.

# 4

SIGN THE PETITION
http://www.change.org/petitions/speaker-donovan-president-of-the-senate-williams-governor-malloy-support-our-right-to-know-what-is-in-our-food-and-enact-hb-5117-into-law

# 5

E-MAIL AND CALL GOVERNOR MALLOY

Governor Shumlin of Vermont has already succumbed to the pressures of Monsanto and is refusing to support Vermont's GMO labeling bill, we CAN NOT allow this to happen in CT. E-mail and call Governor Malloy in CT and tell him to support our right to know and support CT HB 5117. Tell Governor Malloy that CT is not alone, the country stands behind Connecticut's efforts to mandate GMO labeling. Governor Malloy www.governor.ct.gov (click contact link to send e-mail)1-860-566-4840 / 1800-406-1527


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Diane Ryan May 08, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Thanks for everyone's input, but the point is that the consumer has the right to know and to choose whether they want to eat GMO food or not. It can have a drastic result for someone with food allergies to not be informed and if there isn't enough studies about the long term health effects of it, then the question is why is it being allowed anyway? It is really like playing God to genetically alter living organisms and no one knows the long term result on seeds, food production, the environment or people's health. Less use of or need for pesticides is better for the environment and for our bodies. Home grown, organic and food grown locally is best for many reasons. At least you can be more sure not to eat unhealthy or unknown ingredients. Those in government who make decisions on this and other bills should not be allowed to be coerced through kickbacks from anybody and if they are it should be well publicized.
Alex Tytler May 09, 2012 at 09:52 AM
Unless you plant it yourself.
Mr D. May 11, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Regardless of whether a given GMO crop is safe or not, the consumers have the right to know what is in their food. Regulations mandate labelling of all ingredients in food, why shouldn't added foreign genes be listed as well?
Ed Tyrrell May 11, 2012 at 04:18 PM
By the time most of these comments were posted, the legislation had already failed. It also failed in Vermont.
Leslie Yager May 11, 2012 at 04:27 PM
You're right Ed. Here's the follow-up story on GMO labeling defeat: http://patch.com/A-tgmb

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