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June 17th, 2013

New Jersey Advances Legislation to Require Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods

Food & Water Watch praises bi-partisan legislation aimed at promoting consumer choice.

Statement of Jim Walsh, New Jersey Director, Food & Water Watch

Trenton, NJ — “Today, New Jersey legislators voted in favor of legislation that will require labels on genetically engineered food. We are encouraged that our State Assembly has prioritized this cause, giving consumers a choice about whether or not they want to buy foods that contain genetically engineered materials. People are demanding information so they can make an informed decision about what foods they will feed their families.

“Independent, peer-reviewed research on biotech crops has revealed troubling health implications including deterioration of liver and kidney function, impaired embryonic development, adverse neurodevelopmental effects and endocrine disruption. At the very least consumers should be able to decide if genetically engineered foods should be fed to their families.

“The impact of genetically engineered foods goes beyond consumer health as we have recently seen with unapproved genetically engineered wheat contaminating non-GE wheat fields that are many miles away. This threatens the livelihood of farmers and takes away their choice to plant what they want.

“This legislation will help take the power of choice about what we eat away from corporate CEOs and lobbyists, and give consumers the knowledge about what processes their food has undergone to make informed decisions about what they want to eat.”

Contact: Jim Walsh, jwalsh(at)fwwatch(dot)org; Cell: 732.979.6883

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