So if you really worry over the extent of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and have wondered why the U.S. (unlike Europe) doesn’t require the labeling of such foods and you don’t have to work tomorrow, you might consider heading over to the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku.
Maui County Council member Elle Cochran has introduced a resolution calling on food manufacturers to list any and all GMOs on food labels. These resolutions haven’t had much luck in this country, but that seems to be changing. In California, Whole Foods Markets recently endorsed a ballot measure that would require GMO labeling in that state.
In any case, the Maui County Council meeting starts at 9am in the 8th floor council chamber (click here to download a copy of the agenda). The Kalana O Maui Building is at 200 S. High St., Wailuku.
Here’s Cochran’s proposed resolution:
APPROVING FOR INCLUSION IN THE 2013 HAWAII STATE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE A STATE BILL REQUIRING THE LABELING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD PRODUCTS
WHEREAS, the growth of genetically engineered food production has been swift and pervasive throughout the nation; and
WHEREAS, the long-term effects of consuming genetically engineered foods are unclear, and without mandatory labeling requirements of these foods consumers may unknowingly be putting their health at risk; and
WHEREAS, consumers should have the right to know what is in food available for sale so that they can make informed choices; and
WHEREAS, enactment of State legislation requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food products would meet the demand of Hawaii’s residents for informed choices concerning the foods they consume; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the County of Maui:
1. That the proposed State bill, attached as Exhibit “A”, to require the labeling of genetically engineered food products sold in the State, is approved for inclusion in the 2013 Hawaii State Association of Counties (“HSAC”) Legislative Package; and
2. That a Certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the HSAC Executive Committee.
Photo courtesy Occupy Maui Monsanto