News Published: Mar 2, 2012 - 12:25 PM

Rep. Roy touts labeling GMO products

By State Representative Richard Roy's office

Font size: Small Big
Email this article
 Printer friendly page
Share this article:
facebook Yahoo! MyWeb Digg reddit Furl Blinklist Spurl
Buy the "As seen on" mug
State Representative Richard Roy (D-Milford) hosted a news conference and legislative forum supporting labels on products in Connecticut that contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The clear labels would allow residents the ability to choose whether or not to purchase GMO items.

“I feel the federal government has turned its back on consumers and is more interested in helping the agriculture industry hide what is actually going into our food.” said Rep. Roy, House Chair of the Environment Committee. “In some cases, pesticides are inserted into seeds, genetically modifying the food we eat. You can’t wash out these pesticides, they’re there forever.”

The Environment Committee recently raised HB 5117, An Act Requiring the Labeling of Genetically-Engineered Foods. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection and Commissioner of Consumer Protection would be responsible for label content and form.

GMOs are products that have been genetically modified at the cellular level to increase yields and resist disease. DNA molecules from different sources are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified genes.

Long term effects of GMOs on consumers have not been determined. GMOs are banned in five countries in the European Union, most recently Germany.

“Consumers have a right to know what is in their food,” said State Representative Phil Miller, Vice-chair of the Environment Committee. “When a parent buys fruit, they assume that they are bringing a natural snack home for their children, but that isn’t always the case these days. When we buy packaged foods, we can read the label and make an informed decision if we want to buy that product—so why shouldn’t parents know if fruit contains genetically modified ingredients?”

Types of foods that have been genetically modified include:

· Soy beans

· Corn

· Cotton seed oil

· Canola oil

· Sugar beets

· Alfalfa

· Milk with bovine growth hormone

“In recent years we’ve made tremendous progress in food labeling requirements, working to help consumers know what they buy and what they eat in terms of a comprehensive list of ingredients, nutrition information and vitamin content, and things to watch like sugar, fat, and calorie content,” Senator Edith G. Prague (D-Columbia) said. “I think this bill is consistent with that progress, to help consumers know whether and when the food they buy includes GMOs or has been subjected to any of these accelerated modification techniques.”

“Labeling of modified products is not new nor is it negative,” said Catherine Iaccarino, a concerned citizen who testified before the Environment Committee. “Labeling of milk that has been modified, for example, informs us if it is 2%, skim or lactose free. This is a simple request that Genetically Modified Organisms carry the label for which they are named GMO. It is a request to exercise our right of freedom of choice."

Rep. Roy hopes passage of this bill will allow Connecticut to become a national model for GMO labeling. GMO labeling legislation is also pending on the federal level and in Vermont, Washington and California.

There are no long term studies of the effects of GMO’s,” said Rep. Roy. “We’ll all be subjects of a giant experiment unless we’re made aware of what we are eating.”

© Copyright by Some articles and pictures posted on our website, as indicated by their bylines, were submitted as press releases and do not necessarily reflect the position and opinion of, Canaiden LLC or any of its associated entities. Articles may have been edited for brevity and grammar.

Note: We reserve the right to delete posts at any time if we decide that they are offensive or distasteful.
Norwalk City Hall moving to limited staff and services amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Wilton Library’s drive thru window keeps people rolling
Mystic Seaport Museum to Close Temporarily March 13
SilverSource Announces Updated Measures to Ensure Stamford’s Senior Population Continues to Be Supported During Coronavirus Outbreak
Stamford Public Schools Announces All Schools Will Be Closed March 13 through March 27

Top of Page is part of the Canaiden Online Media Network.
Connecticut Plus Online | Stamford Plus Online | Norwalk Plus Online | | Best of Norwalk | Best of Stamford | Hauterfly Magazine |

Copyright ©2005-2010 Canaiden,LLC All Rights Reserved.