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U.S. Senate Bars GMO Labels as March Against Monsanto Revs Up

Source:  Copyright 2013, Environment News Service
Date:  May 24, 2013
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Two days before thousands of people across the United States plan to march against Monsanto`s genetically engineered crops, the U.S. Senate Thursday turned down a measure that would have allowed states to require labels on food or beverages made with genetically modified ingredients.

Sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, the amendment to the Farm Bill lost by a vote of 71 to 27.

Co-sponsored by Democratic Senators Mark Begich of Alaska, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, the amendment would have made it clear that states have the authority to require the labeling of foods produced through genetic engineering.

"An overwhelming majority of Americans favor GMO labeling but virtually all of the major biotech and food corporations in the country oppose it," said Senator Sanders.

"Today's vote is a step forward on an important issue that we are going to continue to ...

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