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Bill Introduced Would Require GMO Labeling

Advocates of the new bill say consumers deserve to know what they are feeding their families.

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According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, between 75 and 80 percent of processed foods contain genetically modified ingredients.

New legislation introduced by Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California and Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon would require the Food and Drug Administration to mandate labeling of genetically modified foods.

The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act would require labels on any food containing genetically modified ingredients to carry a label. The bill follows last year’s defeat of Proposition 37, which lost with 53.1 percent of California voters against it.

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont — a co-sponsor of the bill — argues labeling is about enabling consumers to know what is in their food.

Opponents, meanwhile, insist that genetically modified products are safe and that labeling every food containing genetically modified ingredients would be extremely expensive.

A recent HuffPost/YouGov poll revealed that a large majority of Americans support GMO 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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