Concerns about the potential negative health effects of genetically modified foods have only grown in recent years, and Connecticut may be the first state taking legislative measures to ensure that its citizens are informed about GMO usage. On Wednesday, a bill designed to mandate labeling of GMO foods received overwhelming approval from the state’s Environment Committee, with 23 of 29 members supporting its passage. However, the bill requires a green light from several other state departments before going into effect, and is facing opposition from the Farm Bureau and Department of Agriculture, who argue that the issue should be handled by the federal government rather than on a local level. Nearly 20 states are currently in the process of deliberating over legislation that would implement similar labels.
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