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