Trenton – A diverse coalition of consumer, environmental, labor, health, faith and business organizations will gather tomorrow to announce the launch of a broad statewide campaign to pass legislation that would require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods in New Jersey. The activists will present a letter from more than 30 advocacy organizations calling on legislative leaders to move a GE labeling bill through the state legislature. The bill, A3192/S1367, has already been co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of a dozen legislators in the Senate and Assembly.
Since their introduction in 1996, there has been an explosion of GE foods on the shelves of grocery stores. Inadequate testing of these products by government agencies and a reliance on industry-produced health and safety data has resulted in growing GE labeling movement among consumers across the nation.
What: Press conference to announce launch of statewide GE food labeling campaign
Who: Diverse coalition of advocates, including:
Jim Walsh, Regional Director, Food & Water Watch
Jeff Tittel, Director, NJ Sierra Club
Lucian Huebner, Vice President, NOFA-NJ
David Weiner, President, CWA Local 1081
Amanda Nesheiwat, Chair, NJ Sustainable Collegiate Partners
Sister Miriam MacGillis, Director, Genesis Farms
Where: New Jersey Statehouse Annex, 4th Floor, Room 15, Trenton, NJ
When: Tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 21, 12 noon.
Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control.