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Genetically Modified Foods

June 3, 2014
HARRISBURG- Since 1996, there’s been an explosion of genetically engineered foods on the shelves of our grocery stores, but due to the lack of labeling requirements, most consumers aren’t aware of what they’re eating. 

Senator Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, held a State Capitol news conference Monday to push for his bill that would require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.

Senator Leach was joined at a State Capitol news conference on Monday by a group of bipartisan state lawmakers and members of Food and Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization that works to keep food and water safe, accessible, and affordable – and which is working to have states pass legislation requiring the labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients.

Senator Leach introduced Senate Bill 653 in April, 2013, but the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee has declined to report the bill out of committee. A similar bill in the House –with 43 cosponsors – sits in the House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee.

Senator Leach says the food industry is spending millions of dollars fighting the labeling requirement and scaring and misleading consumers that some of their favorite foods will end up not being available if they have to tell consumers how the food has been genetically modified.

Food and Water Watch says a recent New York Times survey found that 93% of Americans support mandatory GMO labeling. GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organisms.” They are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology – also called genetic engineering.

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