Connecticut Approves First Broad GMO Labeling Bill; New York Rejects Another

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Connecticut governor Dannel P. Malloy is committed to sign a piece of legislation that was overwhelmingly approved yesterday requiring food manufacturers to identify and label genetically modified ingredients, while a similar bill in New York, spearheaded by Manhattan assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, was defeated in committee. The New York Times reports that a trade group, which counts Dow AgroScience and Monsanto as members, mounted intense, last-minute lobbying efforts. “We had the votes lined up to pass this, and then the lobbyist for Monsanto and the other big seed companies showed up and was speaking to members and calling them and visiting their offices,” Rosenthal tells the paper. Meanwhile, the Connecticut law will not go into effect until at least four other states pass similar laws; one of them must also share a border. So, it’s all up to you, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. [NYT, Earlier, Earlier, Related]