GMO Labeling Fight Continues

Connecticut Fights to Label GMOs

Written by Alex Reid
Posted March 23, 2012

Those fighting the good fight against genetically modified food scored a very important victory on Wednesday, right in my own backyard.

The Connecticut state legislature’s Environment Committee voted 23-6 to approve a measure that would require food producers to label foods that are genetically modified in any way.

“It’s something that’s coming, and I think we can be in the forefront in helping shape how it’s done,” Democratic Representative Richard Roy, the committee’s House chairman said.

Currently the federal government and all 50 states do not require labeling for all genetically modified foods. However, Connecticut is part of a growing movement among states considering creating such a requirement.

Supporters of the requirement claim that genetically modified foods can have negative impacts on health. Adding labels simply would give the consumer more information regarding what they plan on putting on the dinner table.

But opponents are also lining up to speak out against this proposed measure.

Connecticut’s Department of Agriculture is against this measure, explaining the federal government sets the national standards. Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky explained to lawmakers last month that genetically modified crops are not dangerous at all. He went on to expound upon the benefits of genetically modified crops, such as lower costs due to less pesticides and less soil erosion.

Of course, as Monsanto has demonstrated in the past, the risks of genetically modified crops are substantial and vastly outweigh its supposed benefits.

The Connecticut Farm Bureau also opposed the measure as it feels labeling should only be required in certain circumstances, such as to protect health or alerting consumers with certain allergies.

“If you don’t like what the FDA is doing, take it up with the FDA,” Connecticut Farm Bureau’s executive director Henry Talmage said, acting like the FDA hasn’t been repeatedly badgered on this issue to no avail.

The argument has been going back and forth in the Connecticut legislature. The opponents of the measure, in addition to saying genetically modified food is just fine, claim packaging rates would rise if the measure were to pass due to companies having to create packages specially for Connecticut.

“I think we should stop indulging in these little exercises because I think we’re just costing people money for no good reason,” Representative Ted Moukawsher said.

The only things wasting money here are scumbag bureaucrats who are getting paid with our tax dollars to debate whether or not consumers should know what it is they're eating.

Bottom line: There's absolutely no rational reason for not labeling GMO products. And this line about increased packing rates is a massive pile of bullshit. Is it any wonder they haven't produced an ounce of data supporting such ridiculous claims?

The only one that's made any sense in this whole debate is Republican Representative Fred Camillo, who stood up for the citizens of Connecticut, saying, “I’d rather err on the side of caution…this is your health you’re talking about. I think that really trumps every other argument I’ve heard on this issue.”