Mandatory Labeling Efforts
Over the past several years, the Right to Know effort has gained significant momentum. Through marches, rallies, petitions, social media, and targeted outreach campaigns, consumers are demanding that the government respect their right to know what’s in their food by labeling GMOs. In the United States, there are major campaigns underway focused on GMO labeling policies: many states have bills before their legislatures, and in Washington state there will be an initiative on the November, 2013 ballot.
Further, the Just Label It campaign continues working for federal labeling. The Non-GMO Project is working in partnership with these campaigns to bring awareness to the importance of consumers’ right to know and to support policy change that will help protect the food supply in the future. Meanwhile, we’re maintaining a diligent focus on providing immediate consumer choice in the form of Non-GMO Project Verified labels for the products that have been approved through our third party program. We believe it is important to vote at the polls AND with our wallets
June 3, 2013 - Connecticut passes the first GMO labeling law in the country! Connecticut House votes in favor of HB 6527. The final vote was 134-3. To find out more please keep up with Connecticut here.
June 13, 2013 – Maine House of Representatives approves LD 718 with a vote of 141 to 4. The Maine Senate voted 35-0 to pass an amended version of the bill.
For a map and more information state-by-state, visit Right to Know GMO!
In November 2013, Washington state voters will have the opportunity to vote on mandatory labeling.
WASHINGTON: Yes on I-522
There are currently 37 states organizing mandatory labeling initiatives. The following states are confirmed to have labeling bills this year:
CONNECTICUT: PASSED (Right to Know CT)
NEW HAMPSHIRE: HB-660-FN (co-op community info)
NEW JERSEY: GMO free NJ
PENNSYLVANIA: GMO free PA (Facebook page)
VERMONT: H. 122 Right to Know GMOs
Learn key points to use when discussing GMOs and labeling in our Communications Toolkit Webinar.
FAQ brochure to download, print and distribute.