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U.S. House Passes Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill today that could repeal efforts to label food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

A couple of states have passed laws requiring labels on food containing GMOs. In Oregon, Jackson and Josephine counties have GMO crop bans in place. A group in Lane County is collecting signatures for a ballot measure against GMOs. But these local efforts could be undone by a bill making its way through Congress. The legislation would prevent states from passing laws mandating labels on foods containing GMOs.

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 would instead create a federal standard for the voluntary labeling of foods with GMO ingredients.

Supporters of the bill say mandating food labeling will increase the cost of groceries. But opponents, including Oregon U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio, say Americans have a right to know what they are eating and feeding their families.  The bill passed the House 275 to 150. It now moves to the U.S. Senate.

Angela Kellner is the KLCC host of All Things Considered and a reporter. Angela began as a KLCC volunteer in 1991 when she was in high school. While a student at Lane Community College, she was hired in 1993 for a work-study position in the KLCC Music Department and has been with the station in some role since then. Angela hosted KLCC's world music program Tropical Beat for 11 years from 1994 to 2005 and continues to fill in on a monthly basis.
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