The battle to mandate GMO labeling in the state of Connecticut looked very promising. 90% of the CT residents polled supported mandatory GMO labeling. Early vote counts within the legislature showed the majority of legislators were in favor of this bill. However, in recent developments, it has been found that this bill has now been eviscerated.
According to former New York City prosecutor Tara Cook-Littman, “The constitutional argument is absurd, and everyone knows it. As long as Connecticut law makers had a legitimate state interest that was reasonably related to the labeling of products produced from the process of genetic engineering, the GMO labeling bill would be considered constitutional by any court of law."
Cook-Littman, a CT resident, is the co-founder of Right To Know CT, along with Analiese Paik. She stated that representatives and senators who learned of Friday night’s political maneuverings are equally disgusted. Littman says, “it appears that the biotech industry’s influence was in place all along, waiting for this tactic to be deployed at the last minute, with no time to argue before the vote.”
Analiese Paik is a sustainable food advocate, founder and editor of the award-winning website FairfieldGreenFoodGuide.com. The site is Fairfield County’s premier destination for local and sustainable food resources, news and events. Paik is one of the founders of the Right to Know CT, a campaign to support HB 5117 and the mandatory labeling of Genetically Engineered foods. Paik holds a Master of Business Administration degree and worked in marketing management positions in various sectors of the financial services industry before attending culinary and wine schools. She is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, and studied wine at the International Wine Center in New York City where she received a certificate in wine from the UK’s Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Paik is an avid organic gardener and home cook and delights in teaching these skills to her two school-aged sons. Analiese is a board member of Slow Food Metro North, a local chapter of Slow Food USA, and a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (NOFA), Aspetuck Land Trust, Friends of Ambler Farm, and a registered American Farmland Trust and Seafood Watch Advocate.
Tara Cook-Littman is a certified Holistic Health Counselor from The Integrative Institute for Nutrition based in New York City. She currently has a private practice as a Health Counselor guiding clients on a journey to wellness by helping them learn about healthful eating, managing stress levels, feeding their families better and helping them stay active. Tara is also a member of the staff at the Institute For Responsible Technology, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Tara began her career as a New York City Prosecutor and is putting her public speaking and advocacy skills to use as a health counselor by leading seminars and also advocating for better food policy within our government.
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