State GMO Labeling Initiatives Still Going Strong

While some scientists say GMOs don't pose a threat to human health or the environment, many state-initiative bills and campaigns continue to try to reach legislation in an effort to mandate labeling at the federal level.

| February 2, 2012

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The anti-GMO movement is far from over.

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While statewide GMO labeling initiatives are under way all over the country, on February 5, 2013,  Food Safety News reported that industry representatives had met with the Food and Drug Administration over GMO labeling. The concern is that "any effort to label GE foods at the federal level could bring the current grassroots movement to a grinding halt by preventing any stronger local laws from ever being enacted."  For more information, read the full report, Will a Federal Compromise on GMO Labeling Trump State Law, Forever? — MOTHER EARTH NEWS 

The following article is posted with permission from Nation of Change.

After the pledge to avoid products containing GMOs was denied when California’s Proposition 37 failed to pass during the election last November, it has had little affect on the anti-GMO movement. And with talks of the FDA approving genetically engineered salmon on its way, Americans are increasingly in favor of more food labeling with an overwhelming percent of Democrats, Independants and Republicans in favor, according to the National Survey of Healthcare Consumers: Genetically Engineered Food published on Just Label It!.

For more than 10 years, processed foods in the U.S. are made from genetically modified crops manipulated in laboratories. A movement to eliminate such ingredients in food has brought about awareness and posed questions regarding the negetive effects of biotechnology on human health and the environment. While some scientists say GMO doesn’t pose a threat to either, many state-initiatives bills and campaigns continue to try and reach legislation in an effort to mandate labeling at the federal level.

Washington and New Mexico are just two of the 30 states that are gaining ground on their current initiative to mandate labeling. But, with most of the remaining states also behind the movement through proposed bills and campaigns, the anti-GMO movement is far from over.

ArizonaGMO-Free Phoenix is a food activist group working to educate consumers on safe ingredients and increase the Non-GMO Tipping Point Network to see that the genetically modified foods and brands are put out of business.

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