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CT Gov Signs First US GMO Labeling Law!

Governor Dannel Malloy made history Wednesday by signing the first U.S. GMO labeling bill into law. There’s a hurdle or two still to clear, before the law can take effect; but CT just won the Best In Show (So Far) prize, in the ever-escalating race for increased U.S. regulation of genetically modified foods. Well done, Connecticut!

December 12th

#YesOn522: Washington’s GMO Labeling Initiative Draws Industry Wrath, Voter Support

Biotech megacorporations learned from Prop 37 that your vote is for sale — at least, that’s what they think they learned. Washington’s upcoming GMO labeling initiative known as I-522 looks posed to turn that assumption on its head, with 66% of voters polled in that state saying they will definitely or probably vote in favor of mandatory GMO labeling this November.

September 18th

Watch and Share: Genetic Scientist’s TED Talk Indicts GMO Agriculture

Dr. Thierry Vrain spent most of his working life advocating for biotechnology companies, as a soil biologist and genetic engineering enthusiast. In his recent TED talk Vrain systematically unravels the biotech spin, from the perspective of a scientist who can no longer ignore a growing body of evidence that GMOs cause problems. No matter how desperately chemical companies seek to paint critics as anti-science, reality rears its evidence-based head: considering everything we’ve learned since 1996, genetically engineered food crops deserve our best and most enthusiastic skepticism.

July 19th

Farmer Sues Monsanto Over Illegal GMO Wheat

Kansas farmer Ernest Barnes filed suit against Monsanto this week, seeking damages related to unapproved GMO wheat. Monsanto’s genetically modified wheat never gained USDA approval, but was recently found growing on an Oregon farm. That discovery prompted Japan and other countries to drop some US wheat exports like hot potatoes. In this suit, Barnes claims Monsanto’s carelessness with unapproved test crops have led to irreparable harm to US farmers. This suit marks the first action filed against Monsanto over GMO wheat — but it probably won’t be the last.

June 5th

GMO Update: VT Labeling Bill Passes House, Heads for Senate

GMO labeling bill H. 112 passed the VT House last week, and heads for the Senate in January 2014. The bill’s early strong performance is (yet another) indicator of the overwhelming shift in public consciousness — and public policy — towards more responsible labeling of foods containing GMOs. Congratulations democracy, and congratulations Vermont! Now: KEEP IT UP!

May 12th

Swine Death Catastrophe in China Highlights GM Animal Hazards

The FDA stands ready to approve GMO salmon, despite fishy science. The USDA recently announced a $500,000 grant to develop GMO pigs. Recent world events highlight the risks (and ethics problems) surrounding GM animal research. According to reports out of Russia, some 5 million swine have died within the last two weeks in the Anhui Province of China. EU reports call the event ‘a catastrophic situation,’ and officials suspect the disaster resulted from genetic testing gone horribly wrong.

March 21st

GMO Update: WA Labeling Initiative Clears Signature Hurdle

Last week GMO labeling advocates submitted more than enough signatures to propel I-522 into the legislative limelight. This initiative would require labeling for foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Under WA law, the measure can now be enacted, revised, or sent to voters in November 2013. Good work, WA!

January 10th

New Connecticut Bill Seeks GMO Labeling

So far, 2012 looks like a good year for the US to join the rest of the world in fair and accurate GMO labeling. Connecticut joins the ranks of states considering mandatory GM food labels this year, with a bill called HB 5117.

March 6th