Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Farm Aid Promotes Biotech Labeling    

Hershey--Mandatory labeling for foods made with biotech ingredients will be a top issue at Saturday’s Farm Aid concert in Hershey, Pa.

The Farm Aid board, which includes musicians Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, has partnered with labeling advocate Just Label It and will encourage concert-goers to sign Just Label It’s petition urging the Food and Drug Administration to make biotech food labeling mandatory.

Just Label It says its petition already has the most signatures—1.2 million—on a food petition in FDA history.

Farm Bureau opposes mandatory labeling, except in instances where sound science has shown a consumer health concern. The worry is that labeling a food with biotech ingredients will mislead consumers to believe the product is harmful.

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