2015

A Critical Time for Food Transparency

In the wake of the narrow defeat in 2014 in Oregon of Measure 92, state activists throughout the country remain energized in the fight for food transparency. We know that it is likely that more Oregon voters cast ballots in favor or Measure 92 than against, but some challenges in the election system went against us. The good news is that people are hearing our call and stepping up.

Victories in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine are paving the way for states to take the lead on GMO Labeling. With that said, The DARK Act, sponsored by Congressman Pompeo, looks to take that right away from states. We need to marshall support throughout the country to send a message to DC that special interests cannot take away our right to know what’s in our food.

We are very excited for the first ever, national GMO Labeling activist training - to be held on August 5 - 7, 2015.  Leaders from over 25 states will gather in Massachusetts to share stories, hear from experts and build an even stronger GMO Labeling community.

At Citizens for GMO Labeling, our primary goal is to support the activists in the field with professional campaign resources, not to replace them. We know that local leaders have the passion to make these campaigns work. We are excited to announce today that our list of state leaders continue to grow.

Click here to see all the states working with CFGL.

If you are a state leader and are interested in working together, please reach out to us.

Just drop us a line at cfgl@leahymg.com and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can.

  • I support Citizens for GMO Labeling’s crucial work because they are setting up and driving state level legislative victories. Working in states around the country, they maximize the impact of strong grassroots support by combining it with professional organizing, lobbying, and public relations. Their work is key to our movement’s success.

    David BronnerCEO, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
  • If Americans are to get real transparency with GMO Labeling, Citizens for GMO Labeling will deserve a great deal of credit. Bringing activists the professional resources they so dearly need will serve to amplify our message so legislators hear it loud and clear.

    Bill WeilandCEO, Presence Marketing
About Us

Board & Staff

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Victoria Byrnes Board Member

Victoria has been in the organic food retail business for 20 years.  In 2012, along with her husband David,  she cofounded and launched 3 organic brands that are certified organic, non GMO verified and gluten free - Bops potato chips, Organicasaurus, and Yellow Barn biodynamic pasta sauces.  She is a busy mom, with 3 active kids - Growing a small organic and biodynamic farm in upstate NY.

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Tara Cook-Littman Board Member

Tara Cook-Littman is a mother of three, a former New York City Prosecutor and a Certified Holistic Health Counselor who has combined her passion for health and wellness with her advocacy skills as an attorney to improve food policy in the United States.  Tara is a co-founder of GMO Free CT, ConnFACT, and Citizens for GMO Labeling.  She led the grass roots effort in Connecticut to pass the first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law.  Tara is dedicated to supporting the grassroots effort to pass state level GMO labeling laws around the country.

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Dean Cycon Board Member

Our newest Board member, Dean is the CEO of Dean’s Beans in Orange, MA.  Dean’s Beans was created twenty years ago to model how business could be a force for positive social change in coffee growing communities and still be profitable. The company works in twelve countries importing fair trade organic coffee and cocoa. Dean’s Beans has a profit sharing program with all employees and all farmer cooperatives it works with, and designs and funds innovative People-Centered Development programs to address critical development goals identified by the farming communities.  They were the 2013 winner of the United National Leadership Award for his outstanding record of of innovative social and market-based approaches to realizing gender equity in the coffee lands.

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Martin Dagoberto MA Campaign Coordinator

Marty is a co-founder of Massachusetts Right to Know GMOs and Citizens for GMO Labeling. He is using his degree in biotechnology/genetics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in order to advocate for common sense transparency in food labeling and sustainable food production. A long-time advocate for social and environmental justice, he also spends time being, growing and making medicine, homesteading, and connecting with allies toward cultural regeneration and Nature reconnection.

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Elizabeth Guardia RI Campaign Coordinator

Originally from MA, Liz landed in Rhode Island four years ago working for lululemon athletica. She is a big fan of the slow food movement, so it was a no brainer when she decided to call Providence home. Liz owns her own travel tour company that hosts wellness retreats around the world. She has worked on permaculture, biodynamic, and organic farms in South America, Europe and Asia. She likes to get her hands dirty but more importantly she likes to serve her community as a spokesperson and activist who understands the importance of food sovereignty and transparency.

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Zofia Hausman Board Member

Zofia is a British born documentary film maker and human rights activist who has been living in Philadelphia since 2010. She is director of Neviah Films, a TV and film production company that introduces new perspectives into public debate to encourage action and inspire “agents of change”.  Zofia co-founded Citizens for GMO Labeling and GMO Free PA, a state-wide grassroots group whose mission is to publicize the newest research and information regarding the risks of genetically engineered foods, assist and educate consumers in selecting vendors and products that are GMO free, and advocate for legislation that requires mandatory GMO labeling in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Jim Leahy CAE, Executive Director

Jim is a 30+ year lobbyist and association management professional who successfully advocated for passage of Connecticut’s first-in-the-nation GMO Labeling law in 2013. As a passionate soccer coach and former competitive athlete, Jim believes strongly in the value of team building and brings this focus and experience to the GMO Labeling movement.

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Rebecca Peters MA Organizer

Rebecca Peters lives on the south shore of Massachusetts with her daughter.  She owns and operates an organic bakery based in Weymouth that focuses on sourcing local produce and providing the community with healthy, gmo free goods.

She comes from an extensive public service background and is involved with several community based volunteer groups. After working in corrections, she pursued a career in emergency medicine until two years ago when she decided to leave the field and open the bakery.
She has been volunteering with the MA Right to Know Campaign since 2013 and is very excited about the momentum behind the movement.

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Barbara Thomas Board Member

Barbara is a shiatsu practitioner, teacher and mom from Collingswood, NJ who is committed to a goal of restoring food sovereignty and a sustainable, equitable food system for all. She is co-founder of Citizens For GMO Labeling and GMO Free NJ, a nonprofit dedicated to GMO awareness through optimistic activism.  Barbara is also a board member of Experimental Farm Network, an open network aimed at reversing climate change by collaboratively developing the crops & agricultural systems of the future.