Maine Quietly Mounting Massive Support for Historic GMO Labeling Bill

Frits Kreiss
Occupy Monsanto / News Report
Published: Saturday 2 March 2013
Last Fall, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardener’s Association Board of Director’s, with the full support of longtime Executive Director Russell Libby, designated passage of a GMO Labeling bill as top priority for 2013.
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For many months legislators and community leaders in the State of Maine have been quietly building broad and unprecented support for passing a historic first-in-the-nation Right-To-Know GMO Labeling law.  This week the bill, LD 718, jointly sponsored by the bi-partisan team of Representative Lance Harvell (R-Farmington) and Senator Chris Johnson (D-Lincoln), was introduced to Maine citizens and legislators.

The bill has the tri-partisan support – Republicans, Democrats and Independents – of 123 co-sponsors.  This is an astounding number of legislators in light of the fact that Maine’s citizen Legislature has only 35 Senators and 151 Representatives.  This remarkable display of solidarity is a reflection of the strong support all across Maine for basic honesty and transparency in labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food.  There are many unanswered questions as to the impact of GE crops on such varied concerns as human and livestock health, soils, environment, religious beliefs, farmer sovereignty and rural decline.  Therefore, it is only fair and reasonable that Maine consumers be provided truthfulness in GMO labeling which is the tool needed to allow us to determine how we spend our family’s food dollars.

Last Fall, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardener’s Association Board of Director’s, with the full support of longtime Executive Director Russell Libby, designated passage of a GMO Labeling bill as top priority for 2013.  MOFGA has been spearheading efforts for the bill’s passage and is part of the national coalition of states fighting for GMO labeling.



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ABOUT Frits Kreiss

Fritz Kreiss is the founding head of Occupy Monsanto. He has a history in natural health, nutrition, herbal medicine, Eastern Medicine, acupuncture, kinesiology, physiology, and many years of practice as a professional massage therapist and teacher.

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3 comments on "Maine Quietly Mounting Massive Support for Historic GMO Labeling Bill"

sabrjet

March 03, 2013 11:55am

Can you please spell out GMO before using only the GMO abbreviation?

Seabury Lyon

March 02, 2013 10:32am

Now that the "cat is out of the bag", I hope it wasn't premature, providing Big Ag an early warning with enuff time to mount an attack on the bill before public awareness and support is fully developed.
It will be interesting to observe who & where the opposers are. Any bets on our Gov.?

William Bednarz

March 02, 2013 10:06am

. . As I sit here - I think of someone selling their souls to the devil... It is not meant to funny - the devil always comes out the winner. I can understand the argument of patented seeds - FOR THE FIRST GENERATION ( push it maybe for the second generation ) to advance society / reduce hunger......
. . . . NOTHING LASTS FOREVER...it was never intended to. BUT - it doesn't produce greater yields....it does not require less pesticides... So solely to put money in someone's pocket?? IT RETARDS DEVELOPMENT
. . . ONCE A BILLIONAIRE BECOMES A BILLIONAIRE - - WHAT GOOD IS THE MONEY.......once you have made enough money to live comfortably.....(forever) . . . . then you want to make enough money for your off-spring to live comfortably ( again forever )...... then their off-spring ??? They are no-longer smart enough to remain themselves ??? revolution / after revolution / after revolution - - - and they aren't smart enough to continue???? is your off-spring enough to fend for themselves ???