Farm bill: Senate rejects GMO labeling amendment

by Mary Clare Jalonick

The Senate has overwhelmingly rejected an amendment allowing states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.

The amendment by Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders tried to clarify that states can require the labels. Both the Vermont House and Connecticut Senate voted this month to make declare genetically modified ingredients on their packages.

The Senate amendment was rejected Thursday on a 71-27 vote.

Opponents are from farm states that use a lot of genetically modified . They say the government should leave the issue to the , which does not require the labeling. They say it would be was expensive for food companies and therefore consumers.

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zaxxon451
not rated yet May 23, 2013
I wonder if we will ever get to vote for which corporations we would like to lead our country? At least it might restore a facade of democracy.