Sep 25 7:15 PM

Should genetically engineered foods be labeled?

Advanced seed chipping machines and their technicans inside Monsanto agribusiness headquarters, Missouri, 21 May 2009. Brent Stirton/GETTY
2009 Getty Images

“You are what you eat.” So do you know what’s in your food? In Washington State, residents will vote in November, on “Initiative 522,” a genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling initiative. It would require retail food products and seed stocks that have been genetically engineered (GE) to be labeled as such. Opponents argue labeling will increase food costs and hurt the livelihood of farmers. If passed, Washington would become the first to implement labeling, which would then lead the way for other states. Currently, Connecticut and Maine have passed bills that would require labeling. However, the requirement of each of these bills cannot be triggered until several additional states enact similar laws. On a global scale, 64 nations require GE food labeling. Is it time for the U.S. to do the same?  

In this episode, we speak to:

Dave Murphy @food_democracy
Food Democracy Now! founder and executive director

Kevin Folta @kevinfolta
University of Florida Horticultural Sciences professor

Jeff VanderWerff @agsalesman
Michigan farmer

Jeremy Seifert @jeremy_seifert
Documentary filmmaker of “GMO OMG!”

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