"An overwhelming majority of Mainers support the right to know about GMOs in our food," said May. "Both the House and Senate approved the measure by near unanimous votes. The people have made it abundantly clear that they want these foods labeled. It's time for the governor to sign and deliver."
MOFGA led the coalition that gained approval of the labeling measure, and other groups, including the Maine Farm Bureau, joined in.
Maine Farm Bureau Executive Director Jon Olson confirmed his organization's support for the bill. "The voting delegates at our annual meeting voted to support LD 718," said Olson.
In his letter pledging support, LePage wrote, "I deeply appreciate the strong public sentiment behind the bill and agree that consumers should have the right to know what is in their food. Additionally, my support for the bill is based in large part on the requirement in the bill that similar legislation be enacted and passed in other contiguous states."
Right to Know legislative campaigns are active in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. Connecticut passed a GMO labeling requirement last year.