Economic Benefits of GMO labeling in New Hampshire

  1. New Hampshire agricultural economy is rapidly evolving into a state of small farms (small-scale on a large-scale) that primarily market directly to local customers. GMO labeling will distinguish NH locally grown products from imported, industrial agricultural products thus benefiting NH farm operations and consumers alike.

  2. Labeling will increase demand for non-GMO products, creating additional markets and promoting economic development for NH farms, including those not certified organic and whose products are non-GMO.
    Additional markets = Additional income.

  3. Labeling of seeds will economically benefit New Hampshire farmers by allowing them to grow, with security, non-GMO crops. To grow non-GMO crops, seeds must be labeled.

  4. As the demand for non-GMO food items expand, NH food manufacturers will be able to contract with NH farmers or farmer co-ops to locally secure the raw materials for non-GMO food items. Both the food manufactures and the farmers will benefit.

  5. Managing and working on a small farm in NH is an excellent job experience and teacher of work ethics for young adults. Labeling will promote small farms, which increases the jobs market and employment opportunities for NH young adults.

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     Introduction

      What are GMOs?

      Why Label? ***

      HB1674 (2016)

      SB411 (2014)

      HB660 (2013) 

          HB660 Votes

      Federal Bills

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Consumer Benefits of GMO labeling in New Hampshire

  1. GMO labeling will ease the concerns of consumers who strongly believe they have the right to know what their food contains, and restore consumer confidence and transparency to the American food system.

  2. In a free market economy, consumers need to be able to make informed, educated choices about what to buy. GMO labeling will provide consumers with information to make informed decisions about the food they purchase for personal, religious, moral, cultural, ethical, health, environmental and economic reasons.

  3. GMO labeling will give the same rights to NH citizens that citizens in 64 other countries enjoy. 64 nations have either banned or require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. The U.S. and Canada are the only two industrialized nations that do not require labeling.

  4. Rather than mislead consumers, labeling will educate consumers and result in greater consumer choice.

  5. GMO labeling will clarify the concept of “natural.” GMO foods are not natural but are allowed to be labeled as natural under present regulations.


Scientific Benefits of GMO labeling

  1. Rather than prevent and discourage health and environmental research of GMO foods and crops, labeling will open research possibilities so that definitive scientific answers can be ascertained. For instance, in order to track the impacts of GMO foods on public health, the foods must be labeled.

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Why shouldn’t we label?
Frankly, we can’t think of any valid reason why we shouldn’t!