Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Idaho group backs mandatory GMO food labeling law |

Idaho group backs mandatory GMO food labeling law |

BOISE — A Boise political action group is pushing for legislation that would require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients in Idaho.

GMO Free Idaho co-founder Leslie Ann Stoddard said the group might pursue a ballot initiative if the Idaho Legislature fails to pass legislation addressing the issue.

Members of GMO Free Idaho were present as Monsanto Co. officials briefed members of the House Agricultural Affairs Committee Feb. 18 on the benefits and future of genetically modified crops.

 Stoddard said her group is gathering facts and support now and will pursue mandatory GMO labeling legislation next legislative session.

"We have a year to rally the troops, to educate and to get some press and get this legislation going," she said.

According to the group's website, GMO Free Idaho is dedicated to "eliminating GMOs from our food supply."

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