Maybe….just maybe, we can get some traction for this bill. Wouldn’t that be great?
When legislation mandating genetically-modified food labels was proposed in California, Oregon and Washington, I wasn’t necessarily surprised. But the recent news that GMO labeling is being considered in Missouri was a little bit of a shock. The bill, Senate Bill 155, was sponsored by a Democratic senator from St. Louis named Jamilah Nasheed. If passed, it would go into effect on Sept. 1, 2015 and would require genetically-modified meat or fish produced and sold in the Show-Me State to bear labels noting that fact.
“While I understand that food production is an integral Missouri industry, I don’t feel the trend of biotechnology and genetically engineered foods is always apparent to the average citizen,” the Senator said in a news release posted on her Web site. “I am merely asking for clarity in the sale of certain genetically engineered, or GE, foods to Missouri’s consumers.”
In the language of the bill, genetically-modified meat or fish is defined as “any animal or fish whose genetic structure has been altered at the molecular level by means that are not possible under natural conditions or processes, including recombinant DNA and RNA techniques, cell fusion, gene deletion or doubling, introduction of exogenous genetic material, alteration of the position of a gene, or similar procedure.” (read the rest here)