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GMO Labeling Gains Strength In Connecticut

Connecticut gets closer to labeling genetically modified organisms in their food -- but not everyone supports the measure.

corn on the cob macro

Photo: Shawn Nystrand (Flickr)

Unfortunately, it's impossible to tell if this ear of corn is genetically modified with the naked eye.

Labels On The Horizon

As of Wednesday, Connecticut is one step closer to requiring labels for genetically modified ingredients in food.

The state legislative Environment Committee approved the measure in a 23-6 vote, despite the protests of detractors.

The state Department of Agriculture and Connecticut Farm Bureau are against labeling, arguing Connecticut will become less competitive from a commercial standpoint. They also point out the FDA does not require labeling.

Momentum

Supporters of the mandate, however, contend labeling provides crucial information to consumers who have a right to know what they’re eating.

Nearly 20 states are currently mulling a labeling requirement. Although no federal labeling requirement exists currently, a group of 55 lawmakers have sent a letter to the FDA urging them to take action.

Read More:

  • Labels for altered foods win backing in Conn. (CBS News)
  • Connecticut raises modified food concerns (WAMC)
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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