Public should know if their food is modified

With reference to the March 15 article, "Local coalition wants genetic modifications listed on food labels," regarding a proposed bill for labeling Genetically Modified/Engineered foods (GMOs), CURE President Paul Pescatello was quoted as saying, "mandatory labeling requirements achieve no health or scientific benefit."

Mr. Pescatello is missing the point. First it is ironic to assert that no health/scientific benefits will result from labeling GMOs because the very fact of not labeling these foods prevents any comparative scientific/clinical trials from occurring. Secondly, the real purpose of House Bill 6519: An Act Concerning the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food is to serve the citizens of Connecticut by providing them a choice as to whether to consume GMO or non-GMO foods. These GMO food manufacturers are already labeling their products that they export to almost 100 countries; isn't it time they provide us the same courtesy? Data suggests an overwhelming support for the right to know if food has been genetically modified: 87 percent CBS/NY Times poll-2008; 93 percent Thomson Reuters survey-2010; 91 percent Melman Group study-2012

If any readers are interested in learning more about the GMO topic, there is a panel discussion scheduled for April 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Ledyard Middle School Cafetorium.

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