Advocates urging approval of GMO labeling bill

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BOSTON (WWLP) – Do you know what’s in the food you are putting into your body? At least 155 state lawmakers have expressed concerns about genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

About two dozen people gathered on the State House steps Wednesday, calling on legislators to require that food companies label foods containing GMOs. Such a label would read: “Partially produced with genetic engineering.”

Critics argue that such a law would cause grocery prices to go up, and say that people may view labels as a warning sign.

Some supporters of GMO labeling believe these ingredients are harmful to your body, and are urging lawmakers to take action.

“It is just a simple five-word statement on a food package that will allow consumers to make more informed choices,” Deirdre Cummings of MASSPIRG said.

Those who gathered on the State House steps have just seven weeks to get the bill through the Legislature, and then to the governor’s desk before formal session comes to an end.

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