The Connecticut state Senate
has amended and passed GMO labeling bill HB 6527
by an overwhelming vote of 134-3 after days of negotiation.
A major step in the right direction, the bill signifies the growing opposition against Monsanto and GMOs at large within the United States that I have continued to support - but the bill does have a major flaw.
Coming right after the successful March Against Monsanto campaign, which was blacked out by the media despite an impressive turnout, the GMO labeling bill could not have picked a better time when it comes to support for the initiative.
That said, the bill actually requires four other states enact mandatory labeling before the Connecticut law goes into operation. In other words, there was likely some cash thrown around between the politicians as we've seen in the past that led to a ‘compromise' on the bill - one that effectively shuts it down.
We've seen similar things happen in the past, which is one of the reasons I published an extensive list (below insert) of politicians paid off by Monsanto:
May 28, 2013
from NaturalSociety Website
Now that said, this is still headline-topping news that pushes the fight for food freedom to the next level. It also sets a powerful legislative precedent for further bills to come forward that activate GMO labeling in individual states as well as Connecticut.
There's no question that what we truly need to do is ban GMOs at large and criminally prosecute Monsanto for crimes against humanity (for more reasons than just GMOs), but sadly the United States government is Monsanto's #1 fan.
We are seeing major victories, such as in the markets of Europe, where Monsanto has actually stopped trying to even get into due to complete public hatred.
And we're seeing it here in the United States as well in the form of powerful activism, we just know that the United States government continues to openly support Monsanto.
So much so that the State Department has actually been caught funding Monsanto's marketing and overseas ventures. In fact, this has now been admitted by Reuters following data leaks. It's absolutely outlandish, but it's reality.
The bottom line is that this bill has flaws, but it will be highly effective at bringing awareness over the GMO labeling issue.
When it comes to real action, our activism is seeping through the cracks of the mainstream media compound and clobbering the corrupt politicians right on the noggin.
Just one week after the Senate powerfully rejected the "Sanders Amendment", Governor Dannel P. Malloy and caucus leaders announced that Connecticut is now slated to become the first state in the U.S. to require GMO labeling.
Specifically, it will require food that is either entirely or partially genetically altered to be labeled with the words "Produced with Genetic Engineering."
Although, to be fully instated, a bizarre set of circumstances must be achieved before the compromise House Bill 6527 is enacted.
Could House Bill 6527 be the start of something great?
Approved by the House of Representatives on May 24 by a vote of 114-7, House Bill 6527 originally contained two significant compromises.
At that time, it was required that five states with an aggregate population of 25 million were required to adopt a similar labeling provision. It was also determined by lawmakers that two of those five states had to border Connecticut or be New York and New Jersey.
After mounting pressure from anti-GMO campaigns like the March Against Monsanto, these requirements lightened up a bit.
According to the latest June 1 agreement between Mallory and caucus leaders, the final compromise is that only four states must pass similar legislation and one of those states must border Connecticut.
Moreover, legislatures are requiring that any combination of northeastern states with a minimum combined population of 20 million people must approve a similar bill.
Qualifying states include,
The voice of Connecticut's triumph: An example for all politicians
House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin & Southington),
Senate Republican Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield),
Senate President Donald E. Williams (D-Brooklyn),
Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden),
It's only a matter of time before the people win this battle
No doubt, Big Ag will do everything in their power to prevent House Bill 6527 from ever coming into fruition.
However, with the global shift against GMO's and social media being used to raise awareness, it is really only a matter of time before neighboring northeastern states are pressured to follow suit, thereby permitting Connecticut to mandate labeling.
Contact your local Senator today and demand that they support House Bill 6527 and GMO labeling.