Diana Wins Bob Burns Food Integrity Award

May 1, 2018

Rep. Diana S. Urban, a long-time student of organic farming who led the charge in the fight against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the state of Connecticut, wins the Bob Burns Food Integrity Award.

Bob Burn’s, a personal friend, introduced her to other concerned citizens who were determined to see legislation passed regarding genetically modified food.

“Bob was an advocate for health, wellness and our planet. He was way ahead of the curve and sounded the alarm early on GMOs. Bob got it and understood what we are facing in the future!”

With the support of other legislators and organizations like GMO Free USA, GMO Free CT and NOFA, HB 6519 was passed in April of 2013 making Connecticut the first state in the country to legislate genetically engineered (GE) food.

Tragically Mr. Burns was killed in an automobile accident in July of 2017. “Bob Burns always challenged me to be the best person I can be. Because of him and his life’s work we are making a difference in the lives of children and families. It means a great deal to me to receive this award and I am especially proud to share the gift of passion and compassion Bob left behind for the rest us,” Urban said.

Representative Urban is in her final session with the Connecticut General Assembly after 18 years. She will not be seeking re-election in the November to pursue national opportunities as an economist and animal activist.