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Illinois state senator introduces GMO labeling bill

Posted: August 7, 2013 |   Comments

( Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) recently introduced a new bill to the Illinois State Senate. If passed, that bill, SB 1666, would require labeling for foods made with genetically modified products.

Hearings on the bill are set for August 7 in Carbondale and September 17 in Chicago.

Since food products already require labeling of ingredients and other important information, labels indicating that the product was made with GMOs wouldn't add any extra cost for the companies selling them. The only consequence would be that consumers would be able to know what their foods are really made out of, giving them the freedom to choose whether to eat healthy, organic food products or continue being poisoned by cheap, convenient food.

Though not everyone affected by this issue is aware of it, polls have shown that a vast majority of consumers want GMO products to be labeled. If this bill passes, it will be a step in the right direction and will certainly help similar bills pass in other states. The rights of individuals should be held in higher regard than corporate profits. If you as an Illinois consumer want to help support this bill, you can attend the public hearings on it which will be taking place this summer or you can write your state senator and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.

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