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GMO labeling: 5 questions with Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

GMO labeling: 5 questions with Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Immediately after U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack concluded his remarks at the Good Food Festival in Chicago Thursday, he was approached by a couple of admirers — and one ardent supporter of GMO labeling who wanted to bend the politician's ear.

The debate on labeling products that contain GMOs — genetically modified organisms — has roiled the food and agriculture industries in recent weeks. Many consumers say they have a right to know what's in their food; those opposed to labeling say it gives the wrong impression the food is unsafe.

A Vermont law mandating labeling is set to go into effect July 1. Earlier this month, a U.S. Senate bill that...

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