GMOs in your food? Indiana lawmaker pushes for labeling

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We are what we eat!

State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R) wants all of us to know exactly what we are eating with a new bill he has introduced about genetically modified foods.

The Republican Senator has introduced legislation that would require companies to label foods produced by genetic engineering. Under the bill, a company also couldn’t use “natural” on its label if the product contained genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs. Violators could face infractions.

There is little research on genetically modified foods.

“We don`t know if they are unsafe. This is an emerging science,” Anna Busenburg, a Registered Dietitian at St, Vincent`s Women Health.

Companies argue it would be expensive to label foods produced by genetic engineering. Most of the nation’s corn and soybeans are genetically engineered to resist pests and herbicides and provide better yields in droughts.

“For example in Indiana, the corn and soybean that we grow, a lot of those have been genetically modified. The main purpose of that is to prevent is to help with insect, pesticides use and to put it in the seed of the item and to help prevent against drought,” said Anna Busenburg, a registered dietitian at St. Vincent`s Women Health.

The FDA does not mandate GMO labels on food products.

Sen. Kruse says it is time to include the GMO label.

“I think whatever you modify a natural food it can have some type of negative effect on the general health of the human body.  I think people should be alerted,” said the senator.

He says it will be difficult to get this bill passed in the Indiana General Assembly.

“I think I have a tough battle because more than 90 percent of our grains have GMOs. I have my work cut out for me to convince the committee members to vote for this.”

Only three states have passed similar legislation, but they have not been implemented.

Congress could also step into the debate this year.

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