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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missourians have right to know what is in our food

By Alec Sprague
November 29, 2013 | 2:33 p.m. CST

Consumers have the right to know what is in our food.

There is no issue more profound than what we put into our bodies. We all agree that consumers should know about how much fat, salt, or sugar is in the products we buy at the supermarket. Yet, when it comes to whether products contain genetically modified ingredients, Missourians are left in the dark. As a result, we regularly consume foods that contain GMO (genetically modified) ingredients without knowing it.

An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that foods containing GMO ingredients should be labeled — over 90 percent of the public polled support it. Senator Claire McCaskill and all of the Missouri delegation should heed this call and support labeling.

Alec Sprague is the Midwest Federal Advocate for MoPIRG, a statewide, citizen-based, public interest advocacy organization.