Hey all, here's a press release about CT NOFA's work to educate the public and farmers about the potential threats to consumer rights, the environment and organic farming posed by genetically modified foods. If you want to take action and demand labeling of GMO Foods please visit our GMO Page!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristiane Huber
November 10, 2011 firstname.lastname@example.org
CT NOFA’S GMO PROGRAM SEEKS PROTECTION FOR FARMERS AND MANDATORY LABELING ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS
|Dan Ravicher prepares to discuss "Suing Monsanto" at Yale Law School|
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA) has launched a campaign to educate consumers about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the environment and food supply. GMO crops pose a great threat to small-scale agriculture, biodiversity, food security and consumer rights. GMO crops have failed to make agriculture more sustainable or feed the world as the biotechnology industry promised, according to The Global Citizens Report on the State of GMOs, released by Navdanya International and the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture.
In June of 2011, CT NOFA joined the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) and over 80 other plaintiffs in suing Monsanto to protect independent or organic farmers from patent infringement charges should their non-GMO crops be contaminated with Monsanto’s patented genes. “Hopefully this suit will raise awareness here and all over the country about the dangers of GMOs and slow the pollution they are spreading into the seeds which sustain us” explained CT NOFA’s Executive Director, Bill Duesing. In October, CT NOFA and Yale Law School co-hosted “Suing Monsanto: Intellectual Property, Genetic Contamination and Farmers’ Rights”, a talk by Dan Ravicher, the lawyer representing organic producers in OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto and the Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation.
|Representative Roy at CT NOFA's Annual Meeting|
CT NOFA has partnered with the Just Label It! Campaign and advocates for the right of consumers to know about genetically engineered ingredients in their food and their right to choose whether to eat it or not. According to the Center for Food Safety, over 85% of soy, cotton and corn are genetically modified and 70% of packaged foods contain a genetically modified material. There is an overwhelming consensus that GMO labeling is an ethical issue related to consumer rights according to polls conducted by MSNBC Health Poll, ABC News and the New York Times.
One of Connecticut’s leading GMO labeling advocates, Representative Richard Roy (D-Milford), Chair of the Connecticut Environmental Committee, was invited to speak at the CT NOFA annual meeting about his efforts to establish Connecticut GMO labeling legislation. Representative Roy believes that Connecticut can be a leader in GMO labeling in the same way the state led the way in establishing a BPA ban in containers for children. The first bill that contained a GMO labeling amendment failed to be passed in the House of Representatives, but he plans to introduce another GMO labeling amendment in a House Bill this year.
|Jeffrey Smith, CT NOFA's|
Winter Conference Keynote
CT NOFA has also added a GMO workshop track at the CT NOFA Winter Conference on March 3, 2011. The Winter Conference keynote speaker is Jeffrey Smith, lead spokesperson on the dangers of genetically modified foods, and author of internationally bestselling “Seeds of Deception.” He is also the Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology.
For now, the only foods that are guaranteed to be GMO-free are those labeled as organic. To avoid GMO foods, consumers are encouraged to buy local, know their farmer and support organic producers. For more information about our past programs, the Winter Conference or to take action and support GMO labeling laws, please visit CT NOFA’s website: www.ctnofa.org or our GMO information page: http://ctnofa.org/GMO%20resource%20page.html