Rhode Island Consumers Get Two New GMO Labeling Bills Each with Different Conditions

By On March 11, 2015

New GMO labeling bills have caught on across the Northeast part of the United States, and now Rhode Island is next in line to decide on a bill that would help consumers make more informed choices about the foods they buy every day.

A bill was recently introduced in the state’s legislature that would require the labeling of any foods with genetically modified ingredients.

Two nearly identical bills with different conditions for passing were just introduced by State Sen. Donna Nesselbush. The first one, Senate Bill 549, would go immediately into effect on January 1, 2017 if successful.


The Rhode Island state House building in Providence.


The second bill, Senate Bill 557, requires four states outside of Rhode Island including one adjacent state with combined populations of over 20 million people to pass similar legislation.

Foods would also be subject to regulations disallowing the use of the word “natural” if they contain GMOs under the measure.

Over $100 million in spending against GMO labeling bills nationwide have so far derailed bills in several states including Oregon and California that would have required GMO labeling, a right afforded to consumers in over 60 countries.

For more information on the Rhode Island bill read the original articles here from the Boston Globe and RT.