I’m torn about the news that the governor of Connecticut has signed the first state GMO labeling law because no foods will get labeled with GMO ingredients – yet.

When Governor Malloy signed the law earlier this week, he signed a law with a provision in it. Before Connecticut’s GMO labeling law can go into effect, four other states need to sign similar laws. It also requires “that any combination of Northeast states where together reside at least 20 million” need to adopt similar laws.

I find that confusing. If four states that aren’t in the Northeast sign GMO labeling laws, will Connecticut’s law not go into effect?

I’m torn because I believe in being encouraging when governments or companies take steps in the right direction. I believe bashing efforts that I don’t think are strong enough is only asking for those making the efforts to give up.

However, considering how much money those who profit from GMOs throw at any state trying to enact GMO labeling, I think it’s going to be a very long time before any other four states enact a similar law to Connecticut’s. The defeats of individual state labeling laws in California and Washington show just how much influence the money of Monsanto and the large food companies are willing to spend to keep labeling from happening.

It seems to me it’s going to take one state to enact a law that doesn’t depend on other states to get GMO labeling off the ground, even though Governor Malloy believes that the Connecticut law will start a “national movement that will requiring (food) labeling.”

So while I’m not bashing Connecticut’s efforts, I’m just not sure they’re going to be very effective. I would absolutely love to be proven wrong, though.

What are your thoughts on Connecticut’s GMO labeling law?

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Connecticut passes GMO labeling law, sort-of
If four other states pass GMO labeling laws, then Connecticut’s law will go into effect. Until then, it’s just a signed piece of paper.