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Medical News & Perspectives
January 12, 2000

Genetically Modified Crops Feed Ongoing Controversy

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JAMA. 2000;283(2):188-190. doi:10.1001/jama.283.2.188-JMN0112-2-1

Washington—The protests and demonstrations against genetically modified (GM) agricultural products that have been taking place in Europe for a year—and in Seattle, Wash, in connection with the meeting of the World Trade Organization recently—are making an impact on US seed producers, farmers, and food processors.

Congress is taking notice. Rep Dennis J. Kucinich (D, Ohio) has introduced legislation requiring that GM products be labeled as such. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a series of hearings on the labeling issue, while the European Union has approved legislation requiring its 15 member countries to begin labeling foods that have GM ingredients.