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What Would it Take to Get GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Labeling in Denver (and in Colorado)?

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Last month, more than 525 partners of the Just Label It campaign submitted what they say is a record-breaking 1.1 million comments to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) asking for the labeling of genetic foods.

Currently, more than 40 countries around the world require labeling, with some countries such as Hungary going so far as to ban GMOs and destroy fields they found corrupted with genetically modified seeds. And according to the Huffington Post and, cities like Hartford, Connecticut, and states like Vermont - along with roughly 20 others - are backing legislation to require labeling.

So why does Denver and Colorado, a city and state among the fittest and most health-conscious in the nation, seem so quiet on the issue?

"I think there is a desire to create change at the grassroots level because of a lack of faith in effecting change on a broader level when politicians everywhere always look to big business to solve our problems," says Michael Anderson of Evolve to LOVE. "We will get labeling when people go into the stores and label."

In Boulder, where a decision to phase out GMOs on public land was recently reversed, there was optimism that at least they could require labeling, with companies like Rudi's Organic Bakery as industry backers.

"As Rudi's and as an industry, we're 100% in support of labeling," says Doug Radi, VP of Marketing at Rudi's Organic Bakery and chair of Naturally Boulder.

But things have been relatively quiet there too, with the focus being more on cultivating a local, sustainable food system. Which is a good thing for Boulder and the state, but it seems like GMO labeling would go hand-in-hand.
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