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141 Massachusetts Farmers Support GMO Food Labeling

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Boston, MA – Today, the MA Right to Know GMOs coalition announced that 141 farmers from across Massachusetts pledged their support for GMO food labeling.

Last month, the legislature’s Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture passed out of their committee, H. 3996, a GMO labeling bill.  If signed into law, the bill would ensure that all foods sold in Massachusetts that contain genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs) would be clearly labeled. The bill is currently pending before the committee on Health Care Financing.

"The bottom line is that people want to know what is in the foods they eat,” said Martin Dagoberto, Campaign Coordinator at the MA Right to Know GMOs coalition. “I commend these farmers for standing up for what consumers want and fighting for greater transparency in food labeling.” 

Local farmers are adding their support and voice to this important debate, joining the broad and growing list of supporters for GMO labeling, including consumer, food safety, public health, community, and other organizations. According to a poll conducted by the New York Times, 93 percent of Americans support labeling foods containing genetically engineered ingredients.

"As a farmer, I am glad to see consumers wanting to know how their food is grown,” said Jack Kittridge, Policy Director at Northeast Organic Farmers Association. “We all deserve to know what is in the meals we feed our families."

“Farmers have the consumers’ interest at heart here and it is great to see,” said Deirdre Cummings, Legislative Director at MASSPIRG. “They know we all want, and should have, basic common sense information about the food we eat.”

click here for full list of farmers. 

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