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GMO Labeling

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Salisbury Md. - 64 countries require that their genetically modified and genetically engineered food be labeled for consumers.  But, even though the vast majority of Americans are also in favor of the labeling, it still is not required in the United States.

Currently, Maine and Connecticut are the only states that have passed laws to require labeling.  However, they've decided to only enact those laws once other North Eastern states follow suit.  Rhode Island and Vermont are considering bills and  Oregon is considering a ballot initiative.

Coalitions, such as Just Label It, believe that we have the right to know how our food is grown.  Just as with labeling calories, ingredients, and allergens, they believe that ingredients which are genetically modified should also be identified.  Media Manger, Violet Batcha, with Just Label It says, " It is the fact that 93 percent of Americans want to have it on their labels and we are in the practice of labeling additives to our foods. So it should just be considered another additive into our food that's labeled like all of the rest."

However, Dr. Les Erickson, a biology professor at Salisbury University says, requiring labels is "silly," saying, " In my opinion, which comes from science, there is not a problem that comes from genetic engineering. There isn't any evidence that genetic engineering alters the plant or food in a harmful way to people."

Even without labeling laws in place, the stickers on your produce can tell you how they were raised.  A code that's five digits long and begins with an 8 means it's been genetically modified.  5 digits beginning with a 9 means the item is organic.  And any code with just four numbers means it was conventionally grown.

If you would like to see GMO labeling, you should write your local congress members, or sign Just Label It's petition on their website www.justlabelit.org.

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