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Most Americans Want Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods

Most Americans Want Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods

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When it comes to labeling genetically modified (GM) foods, the United States lags behind nearly 50 developed nations, including all European Union member states, Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. The European Union requires all food, animal feeds and processed products with biotech content to bear GM labels.
When it comes to labeling genetically modified (GM) foods, the United States lags behind nearly 50 developed nations, including all European Union member states, Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. The European Union requires all food, animal feeds and processed products with biotech content to bear GM labels.

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Published by: Food and Water Watch on Mar 05, 2013
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