Category: GMO Labeling

District Forum on GMOs and GMO Labeling, October 20, 7-9 PM, Watertown

As the State Representative for the 8th Suffolk District, I’ve been happy to support Representative Ellen Story’s GMO Labeling legislation. I am a co-sponsor on the bill and happily testified along with my colleagues, to move the bill along. Below is a slide from a slide show of legislative co-sponsors of the GMO Labeling bill that MassPIRG put together, as well as an invitation to a GMO Labeling forum that I will be attending in Watertown later this month. I hope to see you there!


Mark your calendars to attend this free public forum hosted by Sen. Brownsberger, Rep. Fox, Rep. Honan, Rep. Lawn, Rep. Livingstone, Rep. Moran, Rep. Rogers, and Rep. Rushing. We invite constituents from across the 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex District to attend.

Senate District Forum on


Tuesday, October 20
7:00-9:00 PM
Watertown Middle School Auditorium
68 Waverley Avenue, Watertown

This forum will provide substantive information on the science, economics, legal and regulatory frameworks, and health/environmental impacts of GMOs. The evening will feature a panel of four professors:

Dr. Sean Cash, Tufts University: Economic and Regulatory Aspects of Labeling
Dr. Sheldon Krimsky, Tufts University: Right to Know
Dr. James Tillotson, Tufts University: History of Agricultural Technology
Dr. Elizabeth Vierling, UMass Amherst: Science of Meaningful GMO Labeling

Following presentations by each of the panelists, there will be time for audience questions and comments.

More Information

If you have questions, please call 617-722-1280, email, or post a comment. Please share the flyer below to spread awareness of the forum.

Legislation on GMOs

You may be interested to know that there is a bill currently before the legislature, H.3242 An Act establishing the genetic engineering transparency food and seed labeling act, that is supported by all the representatives hosting this forum. This bill was heard before the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture on September 22.

Speaker Bios

We share these bio statements from each of the panelists. A full profile may be viewed at the link on each name.

Sean CashSean Cash, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University with expertise in the economics and policy of food, nutrition, and the environment. His research focuses on how food, nutrition, and environmental policies affect both producers and consumers.  Ongoing and recent projects in this area include the efficacy of food label and price interventions as public health and environmental tools, including linkages to disease incidence; economics aspects of obesity; economic barriers to adherence to diabetes treatments; children’s food choices in commercial and school environments; the role of agricultural policies on nutrition; how consumers value social aspects of food relative to other attributes; and how point-of-sale health messaging impacts consumers’ demand for food.  He also conducts research in the areas of environmental regulation and resource conservation.  Dr. Cash has been involved extensively in policy and public-facing work, including testimony on childhood obesity interventions to the Canadian Parliament and service on a National Academy of Sciences panel on invasive species impacts of food trade.

Sheldon KrimskySheldon Krimsky is Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning in the School of Arts & Sciences and Adjunct Professor in Public Health and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine at Tufts University. He received his BS and MS in physics from Brooklyn College, CUNY and Purdue University respectively, and an MA and PhD in philosophy at Boston University. His research focuses on the linkages between cience/technology, ethics/values and public policy. He has authored 14 books and over 200 papers and reviews that have appeared in: JAMA, Nature, Nature Genetics, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine, American Journal of Bioethics among others. His books include: Genetic Alchemy; Agricultural Biotechnology & the Environment; Biotechnics & Society, and The GMO Deception. Professor Krimsky served on the National Institutes of Health’s Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee from 1978-1981. He was a consultant to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and to the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. He is Board member of the Council for Responsible Genetics.

James TillotsonJim Tillotson is professor of food policy and international business at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Prior to returning to the academic world, he worked in industry, holding various research and development positions in the food and chemical sectors. His professional interests are on the influence of social, technological, economic and political factors on the food supply and food policy. Professor Tillotson teaches courses dealing with the global food business and the public policies of food. His education is in behavioral sciences (Harvard A.B. ‘53), biology (Boston University M.A. ‘56), food science and technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology PhD ‘64), and business administration (Un. of Delaware M.B.A. ‘69).


Elizabeth VieringElizabeth Vierling joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UMass Amherst in 2011 after 25 years at the University of Arizona. In 2008 she was named a Regents’ Professor, the top honor for UA faculty, and in 2013 she became a UMass Distinguished Professor. From 2008 – 2010 she was a Program Officer in the BIO/MCB Division of the National Science Foundation. A 1975 graduate of the University of Michigan, she received her PhD from The University of Chicago. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000, she is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Plant Biology, and in 2007 earned Germany’s prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Fellow Award. Professor Vierling has authored over 100 publications in top-tier basic science journals, has been an organizer and plenary speaker at national and international conferences and served on prestigious editorial boards, advisory boards and grant review panels. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students, and has sponsored high school students and teachers in her laboratory.

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April 2015 Dispatch

Livingstone Dispatch

In this Issue…
Office Change I Recognition I Co-sponsorship Highlights I Office Hours


Dear Friends. . .

I hope that this newsletter find you well. Spring has begun and the snow has finally melted. With the change of the season comes the excitement of a new budget cycle. The House Committee on Ways and Means plans to release their budget this week, and I will do my best to keep you informed each step of the way. My office has heard a variety of requests from the 8th Suffolk District, and all of those needs will be considered as I review budgetary matters. Among the priorities that I will be advocating for that I am particularly excited about is a continued effort to ensure proper funding for Early Education.

In this issue of the Dispatch, I have highlighted some pieces of legislation that I have co-sponsored this session. I’ve broken them down into categories to give you a sense of the variety of bills and innovative ideas that I am excited to work on. This is a small sample of a variety of bills that I have co-sponsored. I have also included details about my new office location as well as my monthly Office Hours so that we can keep in touch. I hope to see you soon, whether it be in the State House or in the District. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any questions or requests.

Best Wishes,

Jay Livingstone
State Representative
8th Suffolk District

Office Change

Since Committee Assignments were made, a lot of offices have been relocating in the State House. I recently moved to a new office as well. My legislative aide and I are excited about our new location in the Judiciary Committee suite!

If you would like to come by to visit, feel free to schedule an appointment with my legislative aide, Caitlin Duffy (, or stop by Room 136! Below is our new contact information:

Office: (617) 722-2396
Fax: (617) 722-2819


Check out these blog posts on my website to see how I did on some legislative score cards!

State Representative Jay Livingstone named “Champion” for Choice by Planned Parenthood Massachusetts

State Representative Jay Livingstone receives high marks on Mass Audubon and Environmental League of Massachusetts Legislative Scorecards


Along with the pieces of legislation that I filed as a lead sponsor this session, I have had the opportunity to work with other legislators to sign onto other important pieces of legislation. Below are just some highlights of bills that I am excited to support and will be watching this session. To read about all of them, go to my legislative webpage!

l Animal Rights l Consumer Protection l Criminal Justice l Education l

l Environment/Energy l Health Care/ Public Health l Housing l

l Mental Health/Substance Abuse l Privacy l Transportation l

Office Hours

Every week, I will be in the community to receive feedback, ideas, and suggestions on both local neighborhood issues and statewide policy priorities. Below is the schedule for April. Hope to see you there!

The schedule of office hours is as follows:

Beacon Hill: Panificio Bistro and Bakery
Thursday, April 16th, 8:30am-9:30am
144 Charles St. Boston, MA 02134

West End: J Pace & Son
Wednesday, April 22nd, 8:30am-9:30am
75 Blossom Court Boston, MA 02114

Back Bay: Thinking Cup
Tuesday, April 28th, 8:30am-9:30am
85 Newbury St. Boston, MA 02116

Central Square: 1369 Coffee House
Thursday, April 30th, 8:30am-9:30am
757 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139

Co-sponsorship Highlights: Consumer Protection

An Act establishing the genetic engineering transparency food and seed labeling act
Sponsored by Rep. Story; This bill would ensure that all foods sold in Massachusetts that contain genetically engineered ingredients be clearly labeled (H.3242)


To see a complete list of bills that I co-sponsored this session, visit my legislative webpage at