Connecticut is on the verge of becoming the first state to pass legislation that would require all food manufacturers to label foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
GMOs are genetically engineered in labs and injected into crops to resist herbicides or produce their own pesticides. Researchers have found the health risks associated with GMOs are infertility, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The FDA does not require GMO testing.
Last Wednesday, the legislature’s Environment Committee voted 23-6 to approve the labeling legislation. It endorsed the proponents’ view that consumers have a right to know what is in their food amid growing health concerns over genetically modified foods.