Hampton Bays Woman Fighting for GMO Labeling in New York State

A bill to require the labeling of GMOs has a chance this year of becoming law. With your help.

Whole Foods has been in the news for pledging to have all foods on their selves containing genetically engineered food or genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeled by 2018. This is good news for Kathleen  Furey, the education and media director for GMO-Free NY, but she says in five years it will be too late. The  Hampton Bays resident has been working full time to see that a dusty bill that’s been banging around Albany since 2001 will be on the legislative agenda in the coming session. The bill would require labeling of GMO food in New York State.

Lucky for East Enders, our representatives, state Senator Ken LaValle and Assembyman Fred Thiele, are already on board (but often need encouragement to continue to fight the good fight). But the rest of the state needs eduction, says Furey, and her goal is to get in front of as many legislators and voters as she can to educate them on the need for such a bill, so it does not go the way of California’s Proposition 37.

Locals who are interested in learning more can attend upcoming presentations sponsored by GMO-Free NY in Sag Harbor, Southampton and Stony Brook. Details below.

  • March 30, 2013, 12:00 pm:  Just Label GMOs Presentation/Discussion Fair Foods Farmers Market, Christ Episcopal Church, 4 East Union Street corner of 114, Sag Harbor, NY
  • April 15, 2013, 4:00 – 5:30 pm:  Just Label GMOs Presentation/Discussion Stony Brook University Sustainability Studies Department Melville Library Building, Room E4330, Stony Brook, NY
  • May 2, 2013, 5:30 pm:  Just Label GMOs Presentation/Discussion Southhampton Public Library, Rogers Memorial Library Morris Meeting Room  91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton, NY 
Contact GMO-Free NY for more information.
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Eileen M. Duffy DWS is the deputy editor of Edible East End magazine and the web editor for Edible Long Island and Edible East End. She holds a diploma in wines and spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Her book on Long Island wine "Behind the Bottle" comes out in April 2015.