House Passed Bill on GMO Labeling

An on-going major Unknowncontroversy is genetically modified organisms, GMOs, and whether foods with GMO ingredients should be labeled. However, the House just passed a bill that would prevent states from enacting laws mandating labelings. Many argue that consumers have the right to know what is in their food. Representative Rick Nolan of Minnesota said “The issue isn’t whether GMO foods are healthy or safe, it’s about the right to know what’s in the food we buy for ourselves and our families. This is a serious problem begging for a solution. As yet, we haven’t’ seen a good one.” However, others in the food industry rebutted that individual state standards would lead to confusion and costly compliance, and that labeling suggests that GMOs are not as safe or healthy of an ingredient which has yet to be a proven scientific matter.

The recent bill has drawn strong oppositions from consumer advocates and environmentalists. Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs for the Environmental Working Group claims “This House was bought and paid for by corporate interests” and has every intention to defeat the bill in the Senate.

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