Between 60 to 70 percent of foods in supermarkets contain genetically modified organisms, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. State lawmakers are pushing two bills that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods sold in Rhode Island.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are plants and animals that have had their genes transferred between other plants and animals that are distantly related or not related at all. Most of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States come from genetically engineered seeds.
The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare is considering one of the two bills today that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods sold in Rhode Island. Lawmakers want residents to have full and total disclosure of what food they’re buying and eating. Rep. Dennis Canario and Rep. Raymond Hull are sponsoring the bills. Thirty other states have introduced similar legislation.
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