Should Genetically Modified Foods Be Labeled?
Labeling bills for genetically modified (GMO/GM) foods have been proposed in more than a dozen states over the last year, and an appeal to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last fall to mandate labels nationally drew more than a million signatures.
The most closely watched labeling effort is a proposed ballot initiative in California that is setting the stage for a probable November vote that could influence not just food packaging but the future of American agriculture.
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What Exactly Are GMO Foods?
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. The most frequent use of the term GMO is in relation to the food that we eat, in that many crops and factory-made foods are created from genetically modified ingredients. Genes from other plants, viruses, bacteria, animals, etc. are inserted into the genes of certain products such as corn to make them more stable and resistant to drought, disease and pesticides.