"I don't know if it's harmful or unhealthy, but it's something people have a right to know about," said Rep. Dennis Canario, a Democrat sponsoring such a bill in Rhode Island. He added that just as consumers are currently informed about the amount of calories and fat on the packaging, there is no reason why they shouldn't be informed of any GMO ingredients in their foods as well.
Results vary by state
Organic producers versus big foods
Despite the mixed results in local GMO labeling regulations so far, the National Organic Coalition and other critics of genetically engineered foods are still hopeful for positive outcomes in other states. Last week they wrote to President Barack Obama encouraging the labeling on a federal level. On the other end of the spectrum is the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents larger food corporations. GMA has been trying to push its own agenda with the FDA, asking for GMO foods to be labeled as "natural" in a letter last month.
Businesses adopt their own rules
While no labeling regulations are imposed by the FDA, many businesses pass their own rules on the matter. Within the next four years Whole Foods, for example, is planning to label any GMO containing foods it sells though its U.S. and Canadian stores.
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