Protestors arrested after throwing cash into Senate chamber during GMO labeling vote

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The Senate advanced a bill [July 6] that would set national labeling standards for genetically modified food ingredients, angering activists who showered the lawmakers with dollar bills during the vote.

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Supporters of the Senate measure, which already passed the House, say the bill is needed so that consumers can have some consistency in labels and so that manufacturers don’t have to navigate a patchwork of differing local laws, which they say would be expensive.

And they argue ― as more than 100 nobel laureates recently did ― that there is no evidence that GMOs are dangerous and significant evidence that they help alleviate malnutrition, disease and hunger.

But critics say the bill actually hides whether or not many foods contain GMOs, and they allege that it was written . . . at the behest of giant agricultural firms, such as Monsanto.

Indeed, several activists interrupted the vote and threw wads of dollars bills into the Senate chamber . . . shouting that it was “Monsanto money.” One of those arrested identified herself as Alexis Baden-Mayer, the political director of the Organic Consumers Association.

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