Colorado’s Jared Polis announced on Feb. 20, outside a reborn organic retail store in Boulder, that he’s introducing a federal bill in Congress to mandate the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms in all 50 states.
On Tuesday, the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee will hold a public hearing on state House Bill (HB) 0903, setting disclosure and labeling requirements for GMO foods. A similar bill was introduced in Iowa, and Washington State’s Initiative 522 is still moving along.
A battle in Congress over uniform labeling of genetic changes to food would be bigger and more costly than even last November’s initiative campaign in California. Whether Rep. Polis (D-Boulder) can turn his bill into more than just a district press event with a big donor, remains to be seen.
SOURCE: Dan Flynn, Food Safety News