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Is It Possible To Pass The GMO Labeling Bill In Florida?


Paul Rutkovsky

The cities of Margate, Miami Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale, Flkorida have passed resolutions to support the GMO (genetically modified organisms) labeling bills now in the Florida legislature. This year Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee) reintroduced House Bill 351, and Senator Jeremy Ring (D-Margate) introduced Senate Bill 415. Also, any product containing recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) to increase milk production in cows would require a mention on labels. Most non-organic dairy products contain rBGH. This will be the third year the bill to label GMO products has been filed. Previously all efforts died in the House and Senate agriculture committees. Even though more consumers are aware of GMOs, the bills have very little chance of life beyond committees. Some key legislators receive “campaign contributions” from Monsanto, a multinational chemical, agricultural and biotechnology corporation, as well as other GMO producers.

A similar California labeling bill in 2012 was ready to pass but was narrowly defeated by voters after a $46 million media blitz funded by opponents, including Pepsi and Monsanto. Even if the Florida GMO bill manages to get out of committee, the big dollar corporations would spend millions to kill the bill.

A national New York Times poll in January 2013 found that 93 percent of respondents said foods containing GMOs should be labeled. Twenty-nine other states have proposed bills recently to require GMO labeling, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Last year, Vermont became the first U.S. state to pass a GMO labeling law, and two counties in Oregon voted to ban farmers from growing genetically modified crops within their local boundaries. However, the powerful National Grocery Manufacturers Association has already filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont.

More than 60 countries around the world have adopted GMO labeling, with supporters saying genetically modified organisms found in some food ingredients, like soy and wheat, pose a threat to human health.

Let your opinion be heard! Call Senator Ring or Representative Vasilinda:
Senator Jeremy Ring (850) 487-5029

Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (850) 717-5009

Right now, Congress is debating a proposed law that would block the mandatory labeling of GMO foods at the national and state levels. Many experts anticipate that this bill could pass very quickly. Learn more here.

Information for this article came from the following sources.

USA Today


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