But before we rejoice, there is a caveat. Since Connecticut is tiny (3.5 million people), labeling products just for sale in that state would be problematic. So the law will only go into effect when
- 4 other states adopt similar legislation
- one of those states borders with Connecticut
- at least 20 million people will be affected
Reminder: GMO’s stand genetically modified organisms. This highly controversial method of creating corn, soy, and other crops has one side (biotech companies like Monsanto) claiming to be the only way to feed a hungry world, and another side (consumer groups) worried about adverse health effect.
Scientists are still arguing about GMO safety, but in the meantime, wouldn’t it make sense for us to know if a food we buy contains GMO ingredients? In Europe, such labeling is required, but here, the FDA wimped out 20 years ago after extreme pressure was applied by DC lobbies.
Back to Connecticut – what’s remarkable about the labeling law, passed earlier this week, is that it was a bipartisan landslide victory (34-0). Could that have anything to do with the fact that the state is not primarily agricultural? Meaning that no elected official relies on contributions from agri-business?
If you can’t wait until GMOs will be labeled in your state, the free Fooducate app lets you find that out right now :