Our hearts are heavy

After the Senate’s historic action on GMO labeling earlier this week, we are greatly disappointed with the House of Representative’s vote early this morning.  With the opportunity to send to the Governor’s desk a strong GMO labeling bill to protect Connecticut consumers, the House instead complacently accepted an amendment from Governor Malloy and Speaker Brendan Sharkey, despite strong protest from the advocates, that weakened the bill and makes it’s future enactment uncertain.

In the middle of the night, the House passed and sent a bill back to the Senate that would allow Connecticut citizens the right to know what is in their food, only after 25 million other Americans earn that right with the requirement that those 25 million be from five other states with two of those states being either New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, or Rhode Island. If you’re confused by all of this, we understand.  This is not leadership, but an abdication of responsibility.

We thank all of our supporters, both Republican and Democrats, in the House for their support this session.  We understand this is a difficult fight over very powerful interests.  We look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve true protection for Connecticut’s residents.  Our resolve is not weakened.  We ask that you all contact your state representatives to express your disappointment. You can find your legislators here.

We urge the House to reconsider and take action on S.B. 802, the bill passed earlier this week in the Senate.  Please call your Senators and ask them to oppose H.B. 6527 and allow us to pass real GMO labeling laws protecting CT citizens.  Please call Speaker Sharkey at  860-240-8500 or 800-842-1902 and tell him we don’t want his amendments and ask him to pass S.B. 802.

With Resolve,

Tara and The Team at GMO Free CT