On Tuesday, January 14th, at 1:30 in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will celebrate Governor LePage's signing of LD 718 - An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food.
Since the early 1990s, MOFGA has organized five legislative campaigns to require labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Over time, public awareness of the prevalence of GMOs in food and agriculture has increased dramatically. An opinion poll conducted in Maine last year indicated that 91% of the population wants GMO-containing foods to be labeled as such. LD 718 garnered nearly unanimous support in both the Maine House and Senate during the last legislative session. Governor LePage expressed some caution and decided to carry the bill to the next session, promising to sign it in early January.
With the Governor's signature, Maine becomes the second state in the country to adopt labeling requirements for foods derived from genetically modified crops and animals.
MOFGA's celebration will include remarks from the bill's lead sponsors, Representative Lance Harvell and Senator Chris Johnson, and some campaign activists who will explain what steps come next in regional and national efforts to pass GMO labeling laws. MOFGA has invited Governor LePage to share some remarks as well.
MOFGA will serve refreshments.