On Wednesday, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy made history by signing into law a bill that requires all foods containing genetically modified organisms for human consumption to be properly labeled. It is the first bill of its kind to be signed in the United States and represents a huge step forward for advocates of organic food and honest labeling. However, the bill, which was passed by Connecticut voters back in June, will not go into effect until other states in the Northeastern region with a combined population of 20 million pass similar labeling laws.
"As the catalyst for GMO labeling in the United States, Connecticut residents should feel proud," Tara Cook-Littman, the director of GMO Free Connecticut, said. "We are hopeful that legislators throughout the Northeast will follow the lead of Governor Malloy and all our legislative champions by passing laws that give consumers transparency in labeling. It is a great honor for all of us to stand with Governor Malloy as he signs the first in the nation GMO labeling law."
Polls consistently show that the overwhelming majority of Americans are in favor of mandatory GMO labeling laws, which have been approved in more than 60 countries around the world. In fact, even China refuses to import certain GMO crops from the United States.
Hopefully, Connecticut's bill will encourage America's growing GMO labeling movement and help propel us to a healthier, smarter and more honest future, as similar laws are considered in states across the nation.