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Maine Lawmakers to Debate Changing GMO Label Laws

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on January 22, 2016 - 2:41pm

By: Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine leaders will debate the possibility of changing the state’s law regarding food grown with the use of genetically modified organisms.

The Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will hold a meeting about potential changes on Thursday. The state crafted a law in January 2014 that will require the labels if five contiguous states, including Maine, pass labeling laws.

Some lawmakers proposed the idea of repealing the trigger, putting the law in effect. Some label supporters argue that repealing the trigger would leave Maine with different rules than nearby states. They say that could leave local stores on the hook for the cost of the labels. Others say the state should have the right to act on the labels on its own.

 

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