In the 2011-2012 legislative session, 17 states introduced legislation to label GMOs.
In Washington, the Monsanto-funded chairs of the Agriculture Committees blocked votes on SB 6298 and HB 2637 despite hearings packed with supporters, but advocates feel the show of public support was a measurable "win" and are committed to another push next session, or an initiative if necessary. The number of calls and emails on GMO labels in WA is second only to gay marriage – without a single comment in support of Monsanto’s position!
In Hawaii, SB 2279 still has a chance if we can get enough letters and calls to Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Nishihara urging him to hear the bill. If you’re in Honolulu, visit Senator Nishihara in his capitol office, room 204. Otherwise, please contact him by phone at 808-586-6970 or email at email@example.com. A successful lobby day for this bill on Tuesday generated lots of local media.
- Hawaii Residents Lobby for Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods
- Molokai Group Fights for GMO Labeling Legislation
- Monsanto Responds as Maui Occupy Group Launches Demonstration
In Vermont, the Right to Know GMOs coalition composed of the Vermont Northeast Organic Farming Association, Rural Vermont, Vermont Public Interest Research Group, and others has formed to pass H722, the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. The Act has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture where testimony is anticipated to occur later this month. Get ready to come to Montpelier!