Labeling bill raises modified food debate in Illinois


Sara Burnett
Associated Press
November 4, 2013

Americans are never short of reasons to reject GMOs. Credit: staypuftman via Flickr

Americans are never short of reasons to reject GMOs. Credit: staypuftman via Flickr


Over the past 16 years, biotechnology has helped Ron Moore grow crops that could survive drought, produce higher-quality grain to feed his livestock and yield sweet corn so plentiful his family has donated extras to the church and local food pantry.

“People have said it’s the best sweet corn they’ve ever eaten,” said Moore, 57, whose family farms a few thousand acres near the western Illinois community of Roseville.

But the same scientific advances that have so greatly altered the agriculture industry also have made some consumers nervous about what they are putting in their bodies and what long-term effects it could have.


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