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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.