The Organic Consumers Association recently announced its grassroots effort to introduce a bill that would require mandatory labeling of GMOs in New England states including Maine and Massachusetts.
The bill, LD 991, is backed by the strong bipartisan support in the Maine State Legislature, but in order for the bill to pass and make Maine the second state to pass mandatory GMO labeling, OCA needs the public's support.
It's imperative that a federal law gets passed that would "preempt states’ rights to protect their own citizens by passing state GMO labeling laws," according to OCA.
Since Vermont is the only state to have a labeling law in place, Congress can easily pass a law that preempts the state's labeling law, yet, if will be much more difficult for this to be possible if Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island also pass a GMO labeling law in 2015, according to OCA.
As soon as enough states have passed laws requiring the mandatory labeling of GMO foods, Congress will be forced to follow suit—not with a weak, voluntary law that has no teeth, but with a strong, mandatory law that provides consumers with the same basic information that citizens in more than 60 other countries already have the right to know.
So not matter where you live, this law will effect us all. Therefore it's urgent that we band together to get this bill to pass as it's being attacked by Monsanto and the junk food giants of our food system. To help OCA and activists fund GMO labeling in New England, join the fight and donate today.