Tell Sharkey & Malloy Connecticut Supports GMO Labeling!
Last week the Connecticut Senate passed a heroic GMO labeling bill by a vote to 35 to 1. Tragically, in response, Governor Malloy (D-CT) and Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) intentionally forced a weak amendment on a House version of the bill that gutted any serious labeling of GMOs in the state. It’s outrageous that for the second year in a row that Gov. Malloy and Speaker Sharkey have worked together to stop serious efforts to get a strong GMO labeling bill passed in Connecticut.
For the past 2 years activists on the ground in Connecticut have been working to reach a compromise with Governor Malloy and negotiated with his office in good faith. Now, he has now shown us his true colors. Last Thursday, before any of the members of the House had a chance to read the Amendments to the GMO labeling bill provided by Governor Malloy’s office, Speaker Sharkey called the bill for a vote in the middle of the night when they thought no one was watching, and it passed. But, we were watching!
We need your help today to make sure we can win GMO labeling this year! With only a few weeks left, we need you to act today!
Please send this letter and then make a call to Governor Malloy at (860) 566-4840 and Speaker Sharkey at (860) 240-8500. Join us to help make GMO labeling a reality in Connecticut!
Speaker Sharkey Dear Governor Malloy and Speaker Sharkey,
I’m outraged over the recent amendment to the House bill (HB 6527) to label GMOs in Connecticut. Last week the Connecticut Senate heroically passed a GMO labeling bill by a vote to 35 to 1. Tragically, in response, Governor Malloy (D-CT) and Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) intentionally forced a weak amendment on a House version of a GMO labeling bill that gutted any serious labeling of GMOs in the state. It’s outrageous that for the second year in a row Gov. Malloy and Speaker Sharkey have worked together to stop serious efforts to get a strong GMO labeling bill passed in Connecticut. I encourage you to support strong legislation that would label genetically engineered foods in Connecticut. This is a time for courage and leadership in Connecticut and I’m watching closely to see who will stand up for me and my family. Already, more than 60 other countries around the world inform their citizens if their food has been genetically engineered in a laboratory with simple labels, and it’s time that we share that basic right. If the same companies can label foods containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in Russia, China and South Africa, I believe they should label them in Connecticut as well. Labeling of genetically engineered foods is a reasonable and common sense proposal and I’m asking you to support a strong GMO labeling bill because parents in Connecticut should know what’s in the food they’re feeding their families. Polls regularly show that more than 90% of Americans want labeling of genetically engineered foods, and a 2011 poll found that GMO labeling has broad bipartisan support, with 89% of Republicans, 90% of Independents and 93% of Democrats favor GMO labeling in the U.S. Join thousands of mothers, farmers and advocates in helping Connecticut lead the way on labeling of genetically engineered foods, because we have a right to know what’s in the food that we’re eating and feeding our families.