Maryland House of Delegates
March 31, 2011
I run a small organic farming operation in Frederick County and I am
writing to ask your support and co-sponsorship of H.B. 1261, Maryland's
Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act.
This bill simply requires that foods containing more than 1% genetically
engineered ingredients be labeled as such. I think the last study I looked
at showed that 88% of Americans support this kind of labeling.
We label foods containing all kinds of things like MSG, aspartame, and
corn syrup but not so for GMO products.
Recently, experiences in Pennsylvania regarding the use of growth hormone
in cows showed strong public support of labeling of milk produced using
Unfortunately, the federal government has refused to require this kind of
labeling. The U.S.D.A. and the F.D.A. continue to approve new G.M.O.'s
like alfalfa even with inadequate long-term health studies and the risks
of contamination of non-GMO seed banks.
Please co-sponsor this bill and let consumers decide whether they want to
eat GMO-containing products using their pocketbook.
10720 Dern Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727