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Illinois State Senate subcommittee holds hearing on GMO labeling law

Posted: September 17, 2013 |   Comments

( Supporters and opponents of state legislation to require labeling of genetically-engineered food will testify at a State Senate subcommittee hearing today in Chicago, Illinois.

The subcommittee will consider SB 1666, which would create the state's Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act, sponsored by subcommittee chair David Koehler (D-Springfield). The hearing will begin at 10:30 am on Tuesday, September 17.

Farmers in Central Illinois have complained of sharply increased herbicide usage to combat the "superweeds" that have developed as a result of GMO usage. Biotech companies have responded by increasing the toxicity level of their dangerous poisons, even promoting 2,4-D, a component of Agent Orange.

Opponents of the bill make the disproven claim that GMO labeling would raise food prices. They also argue that it would give the impression that GMOs are unsafe, despite no studies definitively verifying their supposed safety.

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