Victory in New York: GMO Labeling Makes it through Consumer Affairs Committee
By Consumers Union on Thursday, May 8th, 2014
by Caitlin Watkins
Consumers Right To Know made strides today as the New York Assembly’s Consumer Affairs Committee passed the GMO labeling bill– A. 3525 with a vote of 9-6. The bill, which requires the labeling of genetically modified foods in the state, was heavily advocated for by Consumers Union and a coalition of advocacy groups. Stated Consumers Union own senior scientist, Michael Hansen, PhD: “This is a key step forward. More than 60 foreign countries require GMO labeling, and New York should too. Genetically engineered foods are simply different, and consumers want to be informed.” In fact, 93% of consumers support the labeling of genetically modified organisms, according to the New York Times.
This bill, and others like it, has been met with opposition by a number of corporations and their lobbying efforts, who are taking drastic measures to overturn the passing of GMO labeling laws. As momentum grows in the GMO labeling movement, corporate interests are being challenged by the general public, who wants to know very specifically about the food they are eating and feeding their families.
A huge thanks to all of the activists who have made calls, sent emails, and come to events. Your hard work switched to NO votes to YES! Your activism made this win possible and we are gaining momentum! Next, the bill will head to the Assembly Codes Committee.