Suspicion of genetically modified foods has caused a number of states to pass laws that require all GMOs to carry a label. In Arizona, Jared Keen is seeking similar legislation despite assurances from the state that the foods are safe.
The gene modifications are usually used to make plants resistant to pests and weed-killers. Commonly altered plants like corn, soy, and cotton are often found in oils and sugars of processed foods. Activists like Keen say that avoiding these foods can immediately improve health, and they warn of potential long-term effects from the relatively new science of behind GMOs.
Keen acknowledges that it may be difficult to pass the law in Arizona, but he believes his efforts will help create discussion about the safety of GMOs in the future.
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