GMO Food Labeling Bill Passes
The food industry, as well as the FDA, says GMOs—genetically modified organisms—are safe. Genetically modified foods have had genes copied from other plants or animals inserted into their DNA. The process, called genetic engineering, is used to create desirable traits. It's estimated that more than 75% of our food supply contains ingredients that have been modified—mostly corn and soybeans.
Last week Congress approved a bill that will require most food products to carry a label or bar code readable by smartphone indicating whether the food contains GMOs. If signed into law by President Obama, the bill allows the Department of Agriculture 2 years to write the regulations.
While there are few concerns about the safety of GMOs, supporters of the bill say not enough is known about the potential risks. Proponents—including organic food manufacturers who are prohibited from using genetically engineered ingredients—also maintain that consumers have a right to know what is in the food they buy.
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