The House and Senate both passed the GMO labeling bill with overwhelming support, and it became law in January 2014. The law will require food companies to label products that have been produced using Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). LD 718 will go into effect when 5 contiguous northeast states, including Maine, pass GMO labeling laws. Connecticut has already passed such a law this year. GMOs have significant environmental impacts on species diversity, unknown impacts regarding toxic chemicals in the food supply, and have increased pesticide use. The GMO labeling law will give important freedom of choice to food consumers in Maine and the northeast.
Status: Bill passed; signed by the Governor in January 2014
Sponsor: Lance Evans Harvell
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