DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Senate panel will consider a bill to require labeling of genetically modified foods, though even supporters say it has little chance of passage this session.
The Senate Agriculture Subcommittee will hold a public hearing on the bill Wednesday, but a legislative deadline would require it to be approved by a House committee by Friday.
Still, supporters who held a rally outside the Capitol on Wednesday say it's important to draw attention to the issue.
They note that most corn and soybeans is produced from seeds that have been genetically modified to give them traits favored by farmers, such as drought tolerance.
Members of the consumer advocacy organization Food and Water Watch say food containing genetically modified ingredients should be labeled so consumers can make informed choices.