The debates about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) echo other science related stories, particularly the discussion of whether food makers should be required to list the presence of GMOs on labels. GMOs are foods with their DNA altered artificially with genes from other organisms. Many foods in the US today are made with GMO crop ingredients.
We pick up this story in the middle—it’s been an area of controversy for some years. California voters put an initiative on their ballot for November called Proposition 37, which would lead to a legal requirement for labeling of GMO ingredients in foods. How would a national or international food company make California-only labels with this additional information? Short answer is they wouldn’t. It would be too expensive. Instead, they’d add the statement to the labels of their products sold everywhere. Thus a single state’s law becomes national.
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