Fla. Lawmaker Refiles Bill Requiring Genetically Engineered Food To Be Labeled

Aug 26, 2013

Rep. Rehwinkel Vasilinda
Credit Florida House of Representatives

Genetically engineered foods in Florida will have to be labeled as such if the state Legislature passes a bill filed this month. Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee) says she filed the bill because people should be able to choose what they eat.

No federal law requires such labeling, but Rehwinkel Vasilinda says the movement is picking up steam with other states considering similar laws.

“There’s Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals. And it’s just people that want to know what’s going on and what they’re ingesting," she says.

Rehwinkel Vasilinda says the issue came to her attention when national watchdog group Food and Water Watch presented her with comment cards from more than 1,500 Floridians from across the state asking for genetically engineered foods to be labeled. This is her second time filing the bill after it didn’t get a hearing this past session.