Lawmaker Calls For Labels On GMO Food
A state senator from Peoria is calling for the labeling of any food available for retail sale in Illinois that's been produced with genetically engineered organisms.
Democratic Sen. David Koehler says consumers have a right to know if the food they're putting into their bodies was made with so-called GMOs. He is proposing legislation requiring the labels and held three hearings on the issue around the state this year.
Ron Moore is a farmer in the western Illinois community of Roseville and president of the Illinois Soybean Association. He says genetically engineered plants are safe. He also says they are more resistant to drought and pests and boost the food supply.
But supporters of labeling laws say there hasn't been enough independent research on GMOs, particularly on their long-term effects.