A bill that would require Maine food retailers to put labels on products that contain genetically modified ingredients is moving forward. The state senate recently gave approval approximately one week ago, which means it faces further votes in the House and Senate. The bill wouldn’t go into effect until four other states pass similar laws, but it’s still an encouraging step forward. The vote was a crushing 141 to 4 in favor of GMO labeling, another great support for the labeling of GMOs.
We are at the point to where it’s clear that a mass amount of people within and and outside of the political system do not support GMOs, or at least feel that one should have a choice to know what they are picking up from their local food store. The least we could do is label GMOs, the fact that these multinational biotech corporations want us to be unaware, and even loose the ability to choose what we consume is outrageous.
You can view the bill here.
Many states are considering passing similar laws. Connecticut recently passed its own GMO labeling bill, you can view that here. It was the first of its kind in the United States. Last month, Vermont passed a GMO labeling requirement that could become effective in 2015. This would probably be effective sooner if the U.S. senate hadn’t shut down a GMO labeling initiative earlier on.
It’s great to see this kind of support, it also illustrates how much power we hand over to multinational corporations like Monsanto. Alternative media outlets are making lots of noise, and have the support of millions worldwide. Every time we raise our voice on a subject there seems to be some progress made. At the same time, the more we speak up the more corporations seem to respond with undesirable action. Not to long ago, the US senate shut down a GMO labeling bill that would have required all states to label their products containing GMO’s. Because of this action, states now have have to go through a processes that requires them to mandate these needs and wants desired by their citizens. This means that labeling GMO’s will take more time, activism and effort. You can read more about that here.
Collective Evolution has been covering GMOs, just like many alternative media outlets out there. Check out our alternative news, science/tech, and health sections for more information. You also use our search bar with key words like “GMO” or “Monsanto”.
It’s really encouraging to see so many people across the planet waking up, speaking out and making changes within their own lives.