Maryland House Committee Continues to Explore GMO Labeling

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Maryland Delegates will hear testimony on the pros and cons of “genetically modified” labeling on Tuesday of next week. Reporters are invited to cover the hearing or interview experts beforehand.

–Kimberly Hartke, Publicist, NeedtoKnow Maryland.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kimberly Hartke 703-860-2711

Maryland House Committee Continues to Explore GMO Labeling

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND – March 14, 2014 – Testimony continues, from consumer groups and industry, regarding mandatory labeling of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).

Opponents and proponents of this bill will again face off before the House committee reviewing the issue this coming Tuesday. Last week, the Maryland Senate held similar hearings.

Consumer groups are pushing for greater transparency, as GMOs are a hidden ingredient in upwards of 70% of packaged foods, or, an estimated 70,000 food products in grocery stores. An ABC News Poll found that 57% of consumers would likely avoid products containing GMOs.

Who Will Testify in Favor

The following proponents of mandatory labeling will testify before the House Health & Government Operations Committee:

Lead Sponsors: SB0778, Senator Karen Montgomery; HB1191, Delegate Ariana Kelly

  • Doug Gurian-Sherman, Ph.D., Plant Pathology

Katie Huffling, RN, Director of Programs, Alliance for Nurses for Healthy Environments

Deborah Schumann, MD, Progressive Neighbors

Nick Maravell, Organic Farmer & Representative to USDA National Organic Standards Board

Colin O’Neil, Director of Government Affairs, Center for Food Safety

Genna Reed, Researcher, Food and Water Watch

Jay Feldman, Executive Director, Beyond Pesticides

John Beutler, Board Member, Common Market

Bart Yablonsky, Manager, Dawson’s Market

Jon Shurberg, Attorney, and Candidate for D-20 Delegate

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What House Committee Hearing on Genetically Engineered Food – Disclosure and Labeling Requirements

Where House Office Bldg, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD, 2nd floor Rm. 241

When Tuesday, March 18, 1:00 PM

Why Over 60 countries already require this labeling, but the U.S. currently does not. Since the Federal Government has done nothing, 29 states have introduced labeling legislation this year.

Onsite Media Contacts: Bodhi Williams, 443-413-9446, Liz Reitzig,301-807-5063

The Need to Know Maryland Campaign is a grassroots effort to label foods that have been produced with genetic engineering. Learn more atNeedToKnowMARYLAND.org

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