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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Are You Eating Genetically Engineered Food

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) is already present in an estimated 75% of the foods in America's restaurants and supermarket shelves.  For example, genetically engineered salmon, created in a secretive research base in the Panama rainforest, grow at almost twice the rate of a normal Atlantic salmon. This modern day “frankenfish” has been approved for public consumption, but do you know if the salmon you’re eating is modified or not?  Nearly half of all U.S. states have introduced laws requiring labeling or prohibiting genetically engineered foods. Trade agreements could make it harder for you to find out what you are eating – including things like “frankenfish” – by overturning state laws that require GMO’s to be labeled.

“People have a right to know what’s in their food,” said Representative Pocan. “Trade agreements could empower corporations to sue state and local governments and overturn local laws requiring genetically engineered food is clearly identified. This could make it harder for consumers to make choices about the food they eat.”