GMO discussions taking place at capitol

Minnesota State Capitol

KIMT News 3 — There are many things we can look at on the labels of food in the grocery store, but there is nothing to tell us if our food is made with genetically modified ingredients, at least not yet.

Discussions are taking place at the Minnesota State Capitol about whether it should be made a requirement.

Vermont’s Senate recently passed a similar law. Something is also being worked on at the federal level to make it a countrywide requirement.

“We know with GMO foods, there’s nothing ever found wrong with them at all anywhere with any test so we don’t think it’s needed on a state level,” said John Mages with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

He said a state-by-state requirement could be costly.

“If it’s per state, each state might have a different requirement so we could have a larger cost because the label requirements from each state would be different so that’s why it’d be better to have a federal standard,” Mages said.

Whole Foods Market grocery store chain says that food sold in their North American stores must have labels by 2018.

Cheerios and Chipotle Mexican Grill are just some of the companies working to be made with non-GMO ingredients.

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