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Politicians Debate Bills Dealing With Genetically Modified Food

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSDFW.COM) - The latest bill would mandate that labels be placed on foods that contain GMOs. It comes just a day after the Senate Agriculture Committee approved another bill that would make genetically modified organisms labeling voluntary.

Lobbyist Dale Moore says because a third of Ag Committee Democrats voted for the bill indicates there is hope for a bi-partisan compromise. "I gotta believe that they are confident and they are assured that the chairman is going to keep working with them, and not just with them but the 'no' votes as well."

The question now is can the opposing sides find a way to split the difference and still preserve the interests of both consumers and producers?

Approval of the voluntary labeling bill would preempt any state or local initiatives that would have made it mandatory.

During Senate hearings in 2015, the  also pointed to a Senate hearing from last year in which three government agencies—the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) all declared GMOs to be safe.

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