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Another View: Genetically Modified Foods Should be Labeled

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Grant Lundberg, CEO of Lundberg Family Farms and co-chair of the California Right to Know campaign, is responding to Dan Morain's Feb. 19 column "Label this one 'Do Not Touch.' " Morain wrote: "Although there's no proof that genetically modified food has caused anyone's nose to fall off, labeling is not a terribly bad idea. People like to know what they're eating. But if the big money behind this proposal is a guide, the California Right To Know Genetically Modified Food Act would be an unmodified, unmitigated and unadulterated turkey."

The right to know and the freedom to choose are at the core of our consumer rights as Californians.

Would you want to know if the food you are buying, eating and feeding to your children has been genetically engineered? If so, you are not alone.

According to a poll by Thomson Reuters, 93 percent of Americans believe genetically engineered foods should be labeled.

That's the idea behind the proposed California Right to Know ballot initiative.

The California Right To Know proposal is simple: Require labeling of genetically engineered foods and food ingredients and prohibit genetically modified foods from being advertised as "natural."

The strong public support for such labeling is not surprising. There are still many lingering questions about whether genetically engineered foods are safe.

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