|Coalition for GM Labeling at Press Conference and Lobbying Day in Albany Photo- B Dulay|
We are happy to announce that as a result of these efforts, we have five new co-sponsors for the bipartisan bill that would require labels for food containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms)! Legislators and staff were interested, engaged and often acknowledged that most in their districts were in favor of labeling (studies show that 93% of Democrats, 90% of Independents and 89% of Republicans want GMOs labeled).
A big thank you to the newest co-sponsors of A3525; Assembly members, David Weprin, Thomas Abinanti and Edward Ra and of S3835; Senators George Latimer and Bill Perkins. Here is a complete list of the 50 Assembly co-sponsors and the 12 Senate co-sponsors.
We are also most grateful to the sponsors of the GM labeling bill, Democratic Assembly member Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan and Republican Senator Ken LaValle of Suffolk. They are pictured below with Assembly member Jeffrey Dinowitz, chair of the Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection, voicing his support of the bill. Behind them are Connecticut State Representative Tony Hwang, a Republican and prime sponsor of Connecticut's recently passed GMO labeling law and Dr Michael Hansen, a senior scientist for Consumer's Union, who spoke about the health risks associated with GM foods. One example he cited was a 2013 pig feeding study that showed higher rates of severe stomach inflammation in pigs fed GM grain.
|New York State's GM Labeling Heroes! photo- B Upton|
|Dr Michael Hansen of Consumers Union photo- B Dulay|
You Are Needed!
If you are serious about having the right to know, we need you to make calls to your state legislators today. GMO Free NY, leading this effort, makes it easy for you. Please click here - call and simply tell them you want GM labeling (A3525 and S3835) in NY this year. The Monsanto and junk food lobbyists are already coming out in force against labeling, and to counteract them we need thousands of concerned citizens to make their feelings known. Thank you!
|Stacie Orell, GMO Free NY photo-B Upton|
It is especially important to call assembly members and senators on the Consumer Protection Committees (scroll down). They are the gatekeepers of A3525 and S3835. The bill needs to be pushed out of their committees to go for a full vote. If Terry Gipson is your state senator, it is particularly important that you call him (845 463-0840) as he is a member of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee.
New York could be the first state in our country to have a GM labeling law without restrictions! (Connecticut and Maine have both passed GM labeling, but other neighboring states have to also pass such laws for them to kick in). With your help, WE CAN DO THIS!
We made the news- Sponsors of GMO bill Predict Victory over Monsanto. Tune into this site tomorrow for "Why Biotech Is Running Scared."