Legislation filed in the Missouri Senate would require all genetically modified meats and fish raised and sold in the state to be labeled as such. The bill is sponsored by Democrat Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis. She says people have a right to know what they’re putting in their bodies.
“We’ve had an industrial boom, we’ve had a technical boom, and now we have a biotech boom, and there hasn’t been a major studies to show one way or the other if genetically modified foods are good or bad,” says Nasheed.
If passed into law, deliberately failing to label genetically modified fish and other meats would be a Class C misdemeanor – although anyone who uses genetic modification unintentionally or unknowingly would not be in violation of the proposed law.