Maine GMO Labeling Campaign

From the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Assn.

Link to the complete article: http://bit.ly/UMH9XC

MOFGA’s Right to Know –

GMO Labeling Campaign – Join MOFGA and our coalition partners to help enact An Act to Protect Maine Food Consumers’ Right to Know. GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) should be labeled so consumers can make informed choices about what to buy and what to eat.

Public interest in GMO labeling dramatically increased as a result of a 2012 referendum on the issue in California.

MOFGA’s Board of Directors designated GMO labeling a strategic priority for 2013. MOFGA has built a strategy with key Maine legislators to pass the nation’s first comprehensive GMO labeling law.

Please help MOFGA pass this important legislation and honor the vision that Russell Libby had for a more local, more organic food system.

About the Act:

Labels foods with GMOs at the point of sale, informing consumers and creating meaningful choice in the marketplace.

Labels seeds at the point of sale so farmers and home gardeners can know what they are buying and growing.

Makes Maine a leader by creating a model labeling law and making it easier for other states to pass labeling laws.

Goes into effect when five other states, or any state, or states with a total population of 20 million people enact labeling requirements for GMOs.

Exempts restaurants, and alcoholic beverages from labeling requirements.

Does not include labeling of products from animals fed GMO crops – for example, dairy products or meat.

Prevents foods containing GMOs from being labeled as ‘natural.’

Helps Maine’s farmers by creating transparency in the marketplace and increased demand for Maine products.

GMOs are crops that have been engineered, not simply bred, to contain DNA from entirely different organisms so that the crops then have traits that could not be gained through traditional plant breeding. For example, many crops have been engineered with special bacteria or viral DNA to make them herbicide-resistant or lethal to insects. Already 62 countries around the world label foods that contain GMOs, including all of Europe, Russia, China, India and South Africa. These foods should be labeled in Maine too.

A recent poll conducted by MSNBC showed that 93% of consumers want to know if they were eating GMOs.

There are five main human food commodity crops – corn, soy, cotton, sugar beets, and canola – whose byproducts, such as high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, vegetable oil and canola oil, are found in an estimated 75% of processed foods sold in grocery stores.

Commercial foods already are labeled extensively with nutritional information, country of origin, and information about their production. It is time to add a label for GMO contents

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