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For Immediate Release

Rally, Press Conference and Public Hearing on Right to Food and Right to Know GMO Labeling Bills


What: Rally, press conference and public hearing on Right to Food and Right to Know GMO Labeling bills

When: Thursday, April 30, 2015.Rally begins at noon; public hearings begin at 1 p.m.

Where: Rally: State House Courtyard; Public hearing: Cross Office Building, Room 214, Augusta, Maine

Hundreds of people have RSVP'd to attend a press conference and rally, sponsored jointly by the Organic Consumers Association and Food for Maine's Future, at noon on Thursday, April 30, in the courtyard between the Maine Statehouse and the Cross building in Augusta, Maine.

At 1 p.m., the Maine State legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will hear public testimony on LD 991, "An Act To Amend Maine's Genetically Modified Food Products Labeling Law" which would remove from Maine's existing GMO labeling law the stipulation that four contiguous states must also pass GMO labeling laws before Maine's law can take effect; and LD 783, "Resolution: Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food" will have its public hearing.

Speakers and testifiers will include:

  • Michelle Dunphy, lead sponsor of LD 991
  • Joel Salatin, author, Virginia farmer, and leading voice for small, ecologically-minded farmers
  • Jonathan Emord, a Washington D.C.-based attorney and expert on states' rights to pass GMO labeling laws
  • Michael Hansen, senior scientist with the Consumers Union
  • Katherine Paul, associate director of the Organic Consumers Association


Food for Maine's Future is part of a growing international movement for food sovereignty. Our work is informed and strengthened through relationships with our allies in La Via Campesina. FMF is working to build solidarity and alliances between rural people in Maine and around the world. We are pushing the local foods movement to incorporate issues like land reform, ending patents, and the need for political organizing to push back against the well-funded agribusiness lobby.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots 501(c)3 nonprofit public interest organization, and the only organization in the U.S. focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million consumers of organically and socially responsibly produced food and other products. OCA educates and advocates on behalf of organic consumers, engages consumers in marketplace pressure campaigns, and works to advance sound food and farming policy through grassroots lobbying. We address crucial issues around food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability, including pesticide use, and other food- and agriculture-related topics.