Florida lawmakers consider GMO food labeling

By Matt Galka, Reporter, Capitol News Service
Published On: Mar 12 2014 04:44:46 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

There could be a food fight ready to go down at the Capitol as lawmakers want to make food labeling clearer.

Lawmakers want to make genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, a household name. GMOs are a type of genetically engineered food made through combining genes of plants and animals.

"I'm not sure about the technology," said Priscilla Hudson.

Hudson is a hobby beekeeper but joined the anti-GMO crusade after falling ill. She said that doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with her, but she felt fine after switching to an organic, non-GMO diet.

"After years and years and years of being sick, every single day of being sick, within two months I was well," said Hudson.

The Florida Public Interest Research Group said they have a coalition of 99 groups and 1,500 signatures. They're pushing Publix to start labeling their foods that use and don't use GMOs.

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"Consumers have real concerns about GMOs, which are estimated to be in 70 to 80 percent of the foods Americans eat," said Dalyn Houser, of the Florida Public Interest Research Group.

Whole Foods grocery store already uses the labeling voluntarily on their store shelves. Florida PIRG said Publix is already taking steps in the right direction by offering organic food.

Farmers said that changing the labeling shouldn't cost any money.

"Labeling isn't going to increase the price," said Turkey Hill farmer Herman Holley. "You didn't hear that when the government said you have to put the calories or the fat content or the sugar content."

More than 60 countries have GMO labeling laws; Others have banned them altogether.

Grocery stores are currently required to label the country of origin on all produce sold.

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