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Rep. Tony Hwang, Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Push For GMO Food Labeling

State Rep. Tony Hwang, a Republican from Fairfield, enjoys a sample of Cherry Garcia ice cream with Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's.
State Rep. Tony Hwang, a Republican from Fairfield, enjoys a sample of Cherry Garcia ice cream with Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – State Rep. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, joined forces with Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry Ice Cream, to support a bill that would require the labeling of genetically engineered foods and to create best practices for GMO farming.

They spoke in support of Connecticut House Bill 6519 at a public hearing last month in the Public Health Committee at the Connecticut General Assembly.

Neither the federal government nor any state has a labeling requirement that applies to all genetically modified foods. The measure does not take a position on whether genetically modified foods are good or bad; the bill is simply about giving information to consumers.

Jerry Greenfield has been a key ally in efforts to win mandatory labeling of GMOs in his home state of Vermont. He delighted legislators and activists by handing out samples of his famous ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s has committed to switching to all non-GMO ingredients in its ice cream products by the end of the year.

“Increasingly, Americans are demanding openness and transparency in our food supply. Ben & Jerry’s is proud to stand with the people of Connecticut by supporting mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods,” Greenfield said.

Hwang said, “We have a fundamental right to know what is in our food so we can make informed choices about what we feed our families. Consumers may or may not wish to purchase foods that they know to be genetically modified, but they need the information made available to them to make those informed choices.”

HB 6519 is before the legislature’s Public Health Committee.

To read more about the bill, visit Hwang's official website .

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