It's not just hippies, environmentalists, and -- more recently -- foodies who are paying attention to the whole genetically modified organisms (GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) food issue anymore; it's getting attention from big corporations and even The Daily Show these days.
While it's great that public figures and purveyors of inexpensive and awesome fast Mexican food, Chipotle, are jumping on the anti-GMO (or GE) bandwagon, that's not exactly going to change the laws of the land. However, Florida House Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda recently introduced House Bill 1, calling for the mandatory labeling of GMO foods, and she recently found a powerful ally.
Filed on August 15, Rehwinkel-Vasilinda's House Bill 1, also referred to as "Truth in Labeling," calls for mandatory labeling of all GMO foods. HB 1 would require that by January 1, 2016, all foods sold in Florid retails outlets that is entirely or partially produced with genetic modified ingredients must have label indicating so.
This is the second year in a row in which Rehwinkel-Vasilinda has filed a mandatory labeling bill. After being lobbied by concerned citizens and activists, she decided to file a similar bill in the recently passed spring legislative session; that bill, however, never even made it to committee.