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New York is on the path to labeling GMOs, too

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Today, Vermont will become the first state to enact a GMO labeling law. Many people want New York to follow suit. Foods with GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are tweaked for certain characteristics, like disease resistance or size. GMOs are already on the market, in crops like soybean and corn.

Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat from New York City, is the lead sponsor of the New York GMO labeling bill. "The bill, actually, is a consumer right-to-know bill. Because people who purchase food for themselves and their family should know and want to know," Rosenthal said yesterday on the public radio program Capitol Pressroom.

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Zach Hirsch
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There is no scientific evidence that GMOs are unsafe, but many people are skeptical. Last year, the New York Times found that 93 percent of Americans want food producers who use GMO ingredients to clearly say so.

Food companies worry about the costs of a new labeling system. But Rosenthal doesn't think GMO labels would be expensive at all. "Labeling foods will not increase the cost. They change labels all the time to include 'new,' 'less salt,' 'light.' They change labels all the time."

Opponents also say GMO labels will scare consumers unnecessarily.

Rosenthal's bill recently passed a hurdle in the New York Assembly. On Tuesday, the Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee endorsed it. Now, the bill is in the hands of the Codes committee. It's not scheduled for the floor yet.

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