Thursday, February 14, 2013

Initiative to require labels on GMO foods debated

Initiative to require labels on GMO foods debated | Local News | The Seattle Times

Anyone wanting to get to the bottom of the debate about genetically modified foods will have a long wait.
One side says there is no meaningful evidence that GMOs are harmful, and that forcing food companies to label them would be expensive and cumbersome, especially on a state-by-state basis. They say the debate should be at the national level.

The other side says consumers have a right to know whether foods contain GMOs, particularly because the Food and Drug Administration allows companies to mostly self-regulate their safety.
With the FDA considering approving GMO salmon, labeling supporters say Washington state is a better place for debate than a gridlocked Congress.

Parties on both sides squared off in Olympia on Thursday, arguing their cases for more than two hours in a hearing before the state Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development.

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