Food History in the Making
One of the more poignant lines former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tip O’Neill is famous for having uttered, “All politics is local,” certainly applies to what happened in the little, but mighty, State of Connecticut over the weekend of June 1 and 2, 2013.
Connecticut House Bill 6527, An Act Concerning Genetically Engineered Foods, was passed by both chambers of that state legislative body and becomes the first GMO labeling law in the United States. Congratulations, kudos, hurrah, and all other accolades go to GMO Free Connecticut Coalition members for their dogged determination and stick-to-itiveness in defeating the GMO behemoth Monsanto and their anti-GMO-labeling cartel friends.
It seems that Connecticut Yankee resolve and grit enabled a “David slaying Goliath-like” event to take place, when only last November, free-thinking California became shell shocked by Monsanto and GMO friends mega-million-dollar advertising fear campaign to defeat Prop 37. What a shame for California, the state where much of America’s fresh produce is grown.
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However, every state in the United States of America now has a role model to follow, and I’ve prepared what I call:
GMO Free CT
Congratulations Connecticut, we passed the first GMO labeling law in the country! This GMO labeling victory belongs to each and every one of you. Yesterday was an historic day that we will all remember. We are so thrilled that many of you came to the Capitol to share it with us. After a unanimous vote in the Senate on Saturday night [June 1, 2013] and an overwhelming vote in the House yesterday of 134-3, [June 2, 2013] it is clear your legislators heard you!
AN ACT CONCERNING GENETICALLY-ENGINEERED FOOD Subst. House Bill No. 6527 as passed by the State of Connecticut
GMO Free Connecticut Coalition Membershttp://gmofreect.org/coalition-members/
Contact these in-the-know folks for pointers and how-to methodologies. They did it and probably would be willing to help out in other states.
How Grassroots Advocates Beat the Biotech and Food Lobbieshttp://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/06/how-grassroots-advocates-beat-the-biotech-and-food-lobbies/#.Ua9QikjD_ow
When you get a GMO labeling bill introduced into your state legislature’s bill hopper, let the good folks at Food Safety News know so they can write about it.
A Coalition of States / Right to Know GMOhttp://righttoknow-gmo.org/
A plan to consider that may be worth following to conclusion.
Nothing would please me more than writing 49 articles about GMO labeling bills introduced into those states. Isn’t it about time consumers knew what we are eating? Isn’t it about time you were able to tell from a product label what’s in your food, especially whether there are GMOs in it? Isn’t it about time food buying consumers became savvy about how you spend your food dollars and exercise the “power of the purse.” Why not tell your supermarket managers, grocery and health food store owners that you don’t want to be forced to buy ‘stealth’ GMO ingredients. Isn’t it about time?
Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies.
Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
Catherine’s latest book, A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.
Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008).