From Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH (NOFA-NH) via the Seacoast Eat Local blog:
ACT AGAINST GENETIC ENGINEERING IN OUR STATE!
There is nothing locally grown nor heirloom about genetically engineered food. The NH localvore, slow food and organic movement can collaborate and take the first steps in discouraging the presence of genetically engineered food and products in our state.
Take part in a meeting on
Wednesday, Feb 3
Blue Moon Market and Café
8 Clifford Street, Exeter, NH
to hear about two bills in the NH House Committee on Agriculture and the Environment: one to label seeds that are genetically engineered or contain genetically engineered organisms (GMOs) and the other to provide farmers the right to seek damages if their crops become contaminated by GE crops. (The Café will still be serving food if you come hungry.)
Speakers at this meeting:
- Bob St. Peter of Food for Maine’s Future, will share his experience working on the GE issue in Maine, and will brief everyone on current Maine laws regarding GMOs and past failed attempts at labeling.
- State Representative Susan Wiley and others that sponsored the bills will be present
- Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH (NOFA-NH)
There will also be time for an open discussion about your interests in this issue.
The hearings for the two bills are scheduled for
Thursday, February 11
Legislative Office Bldg (LOB)
11 AM for HB 1388 – Compensation for contamination
1:00 PM for HB 1172 – Labeling of GMO seeds
- NH House Bill # 1388: Give farmers the right to seek damages if their crops are contaminated by genetic drift
Genetic drift is proving to be a huge problem for farmers that do not purposefully raise crops that have been genetically engineered. If a farmer’s crop becomes contaminated with GMOs through pollen drift, the farmer can be sued by the manufacturer of those genetically engineered seed, most often by Monsanto. This bill gives the farmer the right to seek damages if genetic contamination occurs.
- NH House Bill # 1172: Label seeds with genetically modified organisms
More and more people raise their own food in NH to insure quality, purity and to save money. How do they know if their seeds contain genetically modified organisms or not if the seeds they buy are not labeled? This bill asks that the time-honored consumer’s right-to-know be extended to seed labeling.
Please make the time to appear in person at any of these hearings, and let Elizabeth Obelenus at NOFA-NH know your plans. The many aspects as to why genetic engineering is not welcomed need to be covered at these hearings to build a strong case. For example, if you or someone you know works in the sciences and can talk from that point of view about why genetic engineering is bad for our health, or know a farmer that wants to grow sweet corn organically but wonders if their crop will get contaminated by neighboring GE corn, ask them to contact Elizabeth at NOFA. Written testimony is also encouraged.
NOFA-NH CONTACT INFO: (603) 224-5022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.