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Fla. Lawmaker, Activists Push Labeling Of Genetically Engineered Foods

Ryan Benk

Genetically engineered food was the subject of a demonstration at the Florida Capitol on Tuesday. Florida Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda joined her constituents to champion the idea of labeling the modified food.

The demonstration was part of a national event sponsored by the non-profit Food and Water Watch. Activists are calling on Rehwinkel Vasilinda, the Democratic representative for the Florida House district that includes northeast Tallahassee, to sponsor legislation that would put labels on all foods that are genetically engineered.

She said, she shares some of their concerns.

“We have a lot of cancer rate in this country, a lot of other kinds of very debilitating diseases that some other nations don’t have, that may be connected to how we’re living our lives, what we’re eating, what we’re breathing," she said.

No long-term studies have definitively proven that genetically modified foods are more or less safe than other foods. But organizers say, shoppers should have the choice at the grocery store.