Press Release

Legislative Forum at UMF to focus on genetically engineered food

FARMINGTON, Maine — The University of Maine at Farmington will host a Legislative Forum at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in the North Dining Hall with Republicans Rep. Lance Harvell and Sen. Tom Saviello on the GMO Labeling bill to be voted on during this legislative session.

LD 718,  An Act to Protect Maine Food Consumers’ Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock, was proposed by Rep. Harvell along with more than 120 other co-sponsors, representing bi- partisan support from around the state. The bill is being discussed in the Agricultural, Conservation and Forestry Committee.

The bill would require genetically engineered foods and foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to bear a label that the content has been “genetically engineered.” Proposed as a “right to know” law similar to other food content labeling, the bill would not take effect unless at least 5 other states adopted similar bills to protect Maine from economic or legal consequences.

As with past legislative forums held at UMF, this event is a non- partisan event intended to both inform the public about pending legislation and to give Farmington-area voters an opportunity to dialogue with their local legislators.


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