Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Environmental groups push for GMO labeling

Environmental groups push for GMO labeling - 

"I and many mothers deserve the right to know what we are feeding our children," said Jessica Mitchell, one of several parents who testified in favor of the bill.

Opponents argue the labels will drive up food costs and that there are no nutritional differences between food grown naturally and food that has been modified.

Alicia Maluafiti from the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association says requiring labeling is unfair to Hawaii residents, particularly small farmers who would be forced to comply and shoulder higher costs.
"If you pass a mandated labeling bill, you're going to force a mandatory regulatory process and a tax on consumers for 80 percent of the food that's in the supermarket," Maluafiti said. "It's not fair for every family in Hawaii that's struggling every day to put food on the table."

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