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Colorado state senator introduces bill to label genetically modified foods

(February 9, 2001 -- Cropchoice opinion)-- If, in the name of consumer choice, lawmakers are willing to label food based on its geographic origin, then surely they can do the same with its genetic origins.

In Colorado, both might happen.

The Colorado House Agricultural Committee yesterday approved a bill that would mandate food labels based on country of origin.

Earlier in the week, Sen. Ron Tupa, D-Boulder, introduced legislation requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods and foods containing transgenic ingredients.

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, which represents 22,000 farmers statewide, supports both bills.

"We need to tell customers how their food is produced and where it's coming from," said Dave Carter, president of the Union. He believes that labeling will help consumers to make informed choices.