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NEW POLL SHOWS 91 PERCENT OF MAINE PEOPLE SUPPORT LABELING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

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A new scientific poll of Maine voters found 91.1 percent of respondents supported a labeling requirement for foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The poll, released Tuesday and conducted by PanAtlanticSMS Group of Portland, Maine, showed overwhelming support for efforts currently under way to enact GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) labeling legislation in Maine.

GMO BILL HEADED TO CT HOUSE

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SUMMARY: "Those in favor of the law say consumers should have the right to know what they’re eating, that not enough is known about GMOs’ effect on humans. Opponents say research has not shown that GMOs are harmful and that labeling would burden retailers. Paul Pescatello, board member and former president of Connecticut United for Research Excellence, said Bt corn, which is used in thousands of products in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, is no different from non-GMO corn from the consumer’s point of view. A high-protein bean, for example, would have to be labeled."

FIFTY-FIVE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CALL ON FDA TO REQUIRE LABELING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS

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SUMMARY: "This morning a bicameral letter signed by 55 Members of Congress was sent to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg calling on the agency to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods.

GMO PACKAGING LEGISLATION NEARS VOTE IN WASHINGTON

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SUMMARY: "Following on the heels of California’s failed Proposition 37 drive, Washington’s state legislature is one step closer to voting on a ballot initiative that would require labels on biotech foods. The I-522 ballot initiative, commonly known as ”The People’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act” was authored by advertising executive Chris McManus. As required by state law, he circulated the initiative and obtained signatures from supportive voters.

“MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT” SPREADS TO OREGON IN NEW BILL PASSED THAT WILL BAN LOCAL CONTROL OVER FOOD AND FARMS

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SUMMARY: "Last week, SB 633, a bill that strips all local control of agricultural seed and seed production and replaces it with a “one size fits all” policy dictated by the state passed out of the Rural Communities and Economic Development committee by a vote of 3 to 2 in favor. SB 633, known as Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act, earned the support of the committee Chair, Arnie Roblan whose office has cited the passage of Section 735, known as Monsanto Protection Act, of H.R.

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