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Colorado Congressman Introduces GMO Labeling Bill

Thanks to Jared Polis, the effort to label genetically modified foods is going federal.

Jared Polis

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Colorado congressman Jared Polis expects there to be "tough fight" ahead.

On Wednesday U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., announced his intentions to introduce a bill that would require the labeling of all genetically modified food.

Polis argues the bill is about “empowering people with information they need to make their own healthy choices.”

He was joined by Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio and California Democrat Barbara Boxer in introducing the bill.

Opponents of GM labeling campaigns say fear of genetically modified foods is unwarranted. “Labeling as genetically engineered would infer there is a difference in those products when none actually exists,” Eric Maier of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers told the Huffington Post.

An initiative is also currently in front of the Washington State Legislature that would require GM labeling.

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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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  • Exquisite Corpse

    ”Labeling as genetically engineered would infer there is a difference in those products when none actually exists” ??? Really? What a ridiculous and nonsensical statement by Eric Maier of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers.

    If there is no difference between GMOs and regular food crops then why are they patented? Why are there numerous studies that show infertility, cancer and birth defects in lab animals fed GMOs?

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