Friday, February 1, 2013

GMO food-labeling initiative goes to Legislature | The Seattle Times

GMO food-labeling initiative goes to Legislature

A legislative initiative that would require companies to label genetically engineered foods has received enough signatures to move forward, the Secretary of State’s office said Friday.

People who want to label foods containing genetically engineered ingredients (or GMOs, for genetically modified organisms) say the products raise health concerns, in part because the engineering sometimes includes DNA from animals, bacteria and viruses, not plants.

They also are concerned that GMO plants can cross-pollinate onto non-GMO farms, creating crops that are genetically modified. Labeling proponents say farmers in that situation may not want such crops and may also have trouble marketing them to foreign countries, many of which do not allow GMOs.

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