Tuesday, November 8, 2011

CT labeling legislation

Legislation may pass GMO labeling duties to produce distributors
By Kathryn M. Roy
Hartford Business Journal
November 07, 2011

Legislation being introduced by state Rep. Richard Roy (D-Milford) to require clearer labeling of food products that contain genetically modified organisms could prove costly to produce distributors.

The legislation failed in the Connecticut General Assembly this past session, but when it is resubmitted next session, Rep. Roy said he expects the bill to require distributors to be responsible for the labeling before products are offered for sale. Daniel Batchelder, outside sales manager at FreshPoint in Hartford, says the legislature faces problems in defining what produce needs to be labeled. And, he says, any extra costs would have to be passed on to consumers.

GMOs are organisms that have been genetically modified at the cellular level to increase yields and resist disease. They are most often found in produce, but processed foods can also contain GMOs. One of the concerns about GMOs is that the long-term effects on consumers have not been determined. Five countries in the European Union, most recently Germany, have banned them, due to the “threat to the environment.”

Opponents say consumers ought to have the right to know if the genes in their food have been modified.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Boulder County GMO survey

56% would vote to ban GMOs on Boulder County open space
By Laura Snider
Boulder Daily Camera
November 06, 2011

New survey commissioned by anti-GMO group

If asked on a ballot whether genetically modified organisms should be allowed on open space land, 56 percent of Boulder County residents would vote to ban such crops, according to a new survey commissioned by a local anti-GMO group.

Thirty-percent of respondents would vote to allow them, while the rest of the 600 survey respondents were undecided.

Those results contrast with an earlier public opinion survey that was sponsored by the county, which seemed to indicate that Boulder County residents were more split on the issue.

The Boulder County survey asked voters generally what they thought about GMOs, but the survey never directly asked respondents whether they would vote to ban the plants.

When Mary VonBreck, an organizer of the group GMO Free Boulder, read the results of the county survey, something didn’t seem right. So the group hired Kupersmit Research to do a second survey.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lakeport labeling resolution

Board puts off GE food labeling resolution vote; revised document to be brought back
By Elizabeth Larson
Lake County News
27 October 2011

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday delayed a scheduled vote on a proposed resolution in support of mandatory labeling for genetically engineered foods, directing that a revised document be brought back to its next meeting.

Supervisor Denise Rushing had brought the resolution to the board after she said she was approached by a group of citizens.

The resolution asks state and national legislators to enact legislation requiring mandatory labeling for all food ingredients made of genetically engineered – or genetically modified – plants.

Thurston Williams, a member of that group that approached Rushing, told the board, “We’re not here today to ask you to ban genetically engineered plants,” but rather to ask the board to support labeling rules, which he said didn’t require them to agree on the use of GE.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

GMO rally in Boulder

Hundreds rally against GMOs on Boulder County open space
By Laura Snider, Camera Staff Writer
Boulder Daily Camera
September 06, 2011

Only a few allowed to speak at county commissioners’ meeting

Hundreds of people holding signs and wearing pins and stickers — some saying, “Hey GMOs, stop trying to get in my plants” — gathered on the lawn of the Boulder County Courthouse on Tuesday to support banning genetically modified crops on open space land.

Boulder County is in the process of crafting a management plan for the 18,000 acres of cropland overseen by the open space department, which will include a policy on whether to allow genetically modified crops. A nine-member volunteer advisory panel has been meeting since February to craft a set of recommendations.

And while members of the Cropland Policy Advisory Group represent a range of views — some are organic farmers, some are conventional farmers and others are at-large community members — time has not been blocked off at their twice-monthly meetings to take input from the public.

“People feel muzzled,” said rally organizer Mary VonBreck, the campaign manager for GMO Free Boulder. “They haven’t been allowed to speak to the commissioners. … We’re done waiting, and we’re going to be heard.”

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Japan approves GM papaya

Japan approves genetically modified papaya
By Brendan Shriane
West Hawaii Today
September 1, 2011

Japanese consumers will likely be seeing genetically modified papayas on their grocery shelves beginning in December.

The Japanese government’s Consumer Affairs Agency on Thursday approved rainbow papayas for sale in that country.

The papayas had previously been approved by Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; and Health, Labour and Welfare ministries. The strain was approved for sale in the U.S. in 1998 and in Canada in 2003.

The Japanese labeling approval was the last step to get the papayas introduced into Japan — there will be a three-month waiting period before the papayas are available.

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