Rep. Kawasaki introduces bill to require labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2014
Today, Representative Scott Kawasaki pre-filed legislation to ensure Alaskans know whether the foods they are buying have been genetically engineered and to what extent. The legislation (HB219) would require all genetically modified (GMO) food sold in Alaska to be labeled clearly with information related to whether and how it was genetically modified.
“Alaskans have the right to know whether or not the food they are eating and feeding their families has been genetically modified,” said Kawasaki. “With so many ways to engineer food and so little information about the potential health implications, it is important Alaskans have the information they need to make their own decisions about what’s going on their table.”
A growing body of review links genetically modified foods with allergies, organ toxicity and other health problems. In addition, the widespread use of GMO crops and associated chemicals is responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs” which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons.
“Whether their concerns are economic, health, or environmental, Alaskans need to know which foods are genetically modified so they can decide whether or how much of these foods to feed their families or support these industries,” said Kawasaki.
Sixty-four countries already require GMO labeling, including all industrialized nations except Canada and the United States. Maine and Connecticut have passed GMO labeling requirements, and 26 states have introduced legislation to require labeling. Alaska already requires genetically modified fish to be labeled. This bill would extend that requirement to all foods sold in Alaska.