A member of Canada’s Liberal Party has introduced a bill in Parliament that would mandate the labeling of any food product containing genetically improved ingredients. MP Charles Caccia insists that there’s no way to know the long-term health implications of biotech foods. His own party disagrees, saying that labels should be imposed only when genetic modification changes the food in some profound way. Last year the Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods spelled out the nannies’ game plan, noting that European paranoia over biotech foods can be reproduced in America: “Labeling has nearly the same effect as a ban; we expect the same thing to happen in the United States. Perhaps in another two or three years there will be enough opposition to GE foods to ban them.”
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