GMO Food Labeling in Florida

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. There could be a food fight ready to go down at the Capitol. Lawmakers want to make food labeling clearer.

Lawmakers want to make Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMO's, a household name. GMO's are a type of genetically engineered food made through combining genes of plants and animals.

“I’m not sure about the technology.” Priscilla Hudson is a hobby beekeeper, but joined the anti-GMO crusade after falling ill. She says 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 moths I was well.”

The Florida Public Interest Research Group says it have a coalition of 99 groups and 1500 signatures. They’re pushing Publix to start labeling its foods that use and don’t use GMO’s.

Dalyn Houser is a spokesperson for FPIRG. “Consumers have real concerns about GMO’s which are estimated to be in 70 to 80 percent of the foods Americans eat.”

“Whole Foods grocery store already uses the labeling voluntarily on their store shelves.

Florida PIRG says Publix is already taking steps in the right direction by offering organic food. Farmers say that changing the labeling shouldn’t cost any money.

Herman Holley is a Turkey Hill Farmer. “Labelling isn’t going to increase the price. 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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