GMO food labeling is the right to know

The Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the leading advocate of the dietetic profession in the state, would like to applaud state legislators for passing legislation requiring the labeling of food products that contain a genetically modified organism (GMO).

It may be some time before the law can be implemented due to a provision that requires several other states to pass a similar law. However, it is a very important step in the right direction of allowing individuals to know the exact ingredients that are included in their foods and if those ingredients have been altered.

Just as products are required to list a type of additive or the amount of calories, they should list whether they contain a GMO.

Registered dietitians help translate science into terms people can understand. What cannot be lost in translation is that the labeling of an ingredient does not necessarily mean it is "bad." Labels not only show what is less healthful, but also what will be beneficial. Food labels are a great tool to help educate people about food and nutrition.

Legislators and the governor showed leadership on this issue.

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