Food Policy
10:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Should GMO Foods Be Labeled?

A GMO ingredients label from a box of Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal.
Credit AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Later this year, Washington state voters may get the chance to weigh in on whether genetically modified foods should be labeled as such. Supporters of proposed Initiative 522 say consumers are owed the information about what's in their food. I-522's opponents say there are no known risks to GMOs, so why label them? We look at the science of genetically modified organisms and how I-522 would affect consumers with professor Toby Bradshaw of the University of Washington and Dr. Michael Hansen of Consumers Union.

Also this hour: a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that eating a diet rich in olive oil, beans, fish, nuts and vegetables can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. We get some practical advice for making changes to your diet from nutritionist Mary Purdy. Plus, temperatures are nearing the 50s. Are you ready for spring? Our experts Lisa Taylor and Greg Rabourn join us with guidance for your garden. Call 206.543.5869 or email weekday@kuow.org.

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