NHR Editorial: No consensus on whether GMOs are safe. Obama sign Monsanto protection act.

Mar 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Story

“Frankenfoods” or better living through biotechnology?

State legislators, like most of us, generally aren’t rocket scientists, nor are they cutting-edge health researchers. So when it comes to genetically modified organisms, they just want what all of us want to know: Are GMOs safe? And should we know if they’re in our food?

Therein lies the rub over GMOs: There is no consensus.

For more on this story, visit: EDITORIAL: No consensus on whether GMOs are safe- The New Haven Register – Serving New Haven, Connecticut.

opinion-editorialMEANWHILE:

Slipped into the Agricultural Appropriations Bill, which passed through Congress last week, was a small provision that’s a big deal for Monsanto and its opponents. The provision protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks and has thus been dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by activists who oppose the biotech giant. President Barack Obama signed the spending bill, including the provision, into law on Tuesday

For more on this story, visit: How the Monsanto Protection Act snuck into law – Salon.com.

Make A Difference:

The Public Health Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly will be voting tomorrow on HB 6519 – An Act Concerning the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food.

These are the legislators we have not heard a “yes” vote from yet in the Public Health Committee. They NEED to hear from their constituents.

Christopher Davis – East Windsor, Ellington
Whit Betts – Bristol, Plymouth, Terryville
DebraLee Hovey – Monroe and Newtown
Melissa Ziobran – Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton
David Alexander – Enfield
Theresa Conroy – Derby, Seymour, Beacon Falls
Jason Perillo – Shelton
Emmett Riley – Norwich
Peggy Sayers – Windsor and Windsor Locks
Patricia Widlitz – Branford and Guilford
Robert Kane – Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Seymour, Southbury, Roxbury, Washington, Watertown, Woodbury
Jason Welch – Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth

If you are their constituent please call them today and ask them to support HB 6519 in the Public Health Committee. You need to live in their district. If you are not sure if they are your legislator, you can use the Legislator finder here.

Office numbers are:
House Democrats: 800-842-8267
House Republicans: 800-842-1423
Senate Democrats: 800-842-1420
Senate Republicans: 800-842-1421

Ask them to vote yes in the Public Health Committee tomorrow for HB 6519 An Act Concerning the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food.

For more on this story, visit: Your CALL can make a difference! Public Health Committee voting tomorrow – 3/27/13 | GMOFreeCT.org.

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