The hearing about legislation to label genetically modified foods was expected to draw a crowd and it did.
Jerry Greenfield, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, was one of many people who attended the hearing.
He was there to testify in favor of HB 6519, which would require the labeling of genetically modified food sold in the state.
If the bill passes, Connecticut would be the first state in the nation to label genetically modified food.
“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,” he said, according to a statement released.
The issue is a hotly debated one. The federal government and scientists have stated that GMOs are safe, while some advocates said labels help people make better food decisions.
Ben & Jerry’s company plans to switch to all non-GMO ingredients by the end of the year.
Greenfield and Ben & Jerry’s has also been a key ally in the effort to win mandatory labeling of GMOs in his home state of Vermont, and delighted legislators and activists with not only his testimony, but also samples of his famous ice cream.