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Time is Running Out to Support the Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill in CT

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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Mark Kalina May 05, 2012 at 08:50 PM
If it were not for ingenuity by man which among other things including cross breading and other historic GMO agricultural activities- we would be stuck with the old Indian Maze, poor non robust cattle and subsistence farming techniques. I understand the need to be careful with food supplies, yet consumers don't seem to get upset when plastic additives are found to be in food or animal grains imported from China. It would seem better to insure the food stocks we currently have are safe. GMO's will lead to increased yields and better utilization of the farms currently in production. To enforce GMO labeling will increase the price of food and increase the number of people at risk of starvation due to the inability to afford staple items. If the manufacturer wants to label their products as such as a value added service, that is up to them. The GMO advocates remind of the Luddites from the 19th century...
MisterSpuddy May 06, 2012 at 12:31 AM
As a consumer, I want to know what is- or isn't- in my food, so I support GMO labeling 100%. Only way to be safe otherwise is to get organic, right, Tara? (And thank you for working hard for this!)
my bootstraps. May 22, 2012 at 01:03 PM
For the people against GMO labelling based on increaded cost for consumers...you are right, the powers-that-be are more than happy to have you, the consumer, pick up the tab for your own "insane demands". You will be punished for demanding the truth from these eugenicists. GMO is designed for population control...slow and very effective, this junk will turn YOUR JUNK useless. Wake up, America!!! There is now a GMO exhibit at Disneyworld...they are attempting to indoctrinate our children...so the labelling isn't going to happen in CT... Big deal...more and more folks are realizing the shocking truths at hand...We can stop consuming their poison foods and grow our own, shop local, etc. Every little change adds up...you can make a difference, we all can, by choosing WHERE to spend our money. Evil people will not get rich off of my hard-earned money. I support local farms and business at every opportunity. You should too.
Mark Kalina May 22, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Really? The stocks of food supplies need to be kept separated from non GMO for labeling purposes then there is an increased cost. Separate packaging, separate storage, separate transport from silo, separate silos (and that is just for grains)... Not to mention the paper trail required for certification of the food stuffs (cut down more than a few trees for that requirement). The shocking truth is many of the Luddites wouldn't know a GMO rutabaga from one that isn't. At the same time driving up the cost of food to everyone. Where is the progress? Food is expensive enough as it is. Don't increase my cost because of your passing fancy. If you feel the need- please spend your "hard earned money" I'm sure they "are more than happy to have you".
meowkats4 May 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM
"Connecticut is now the second state in five weeks to drop a GMO labeling provision in proposed legislation after the biotech giant threatened to sue if lawmakers passed the bill. Last month Vermont succumbed to the same strong-arm tactics. Apparently still stinging from a fight with Monsanto several years ago—when the state tried to stop dairy corporations from marketing milk from cows injected with Bovine Growth Hormone—Vermont legislators tabled voting on their "Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act." In Connecticut, the right-to-know bill's sponsor admitted that the reason the labeling provision was dropped was because the governor feared a lawsuit." http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/05/22/gmo-on-treatment-of-human-disease.aspx?e_cid=20120522_DNL_artNew_1

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