"Let Me Decide" encourages labeling genetically engineered foods

By WEEK Producer

November 15, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:21 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Advocates for labeling genetically engineered foods are using their message to benefit those in need.

On Thursday, members of the Food and Water Watch's "Let Me Decide" Campaign hosted a G-E Free Soup Kitchen.

The food was naturally grown and donated by area farmers.

The "Let Me Decide" Campaign is a nationwide push for legislation to require corporations to label all foods including genetically engineered ingredients.

"Well, there is no long term study to prove they are safe for our consumption. Without the long term studies, it makes it potentially harmful," said Organizer Kaleena Otey-Merc. "So, we want the labels on there to make sure that people know that if you want to chose to eat it...Fine. But we choose not too. Because without those studies there to tell us it is completely safe, we don't want to consume it."

Senator Dave Koehler was on hand to help serve food.

He says that he plans to present legislation for the labeling of genetically engineered foods next spring.

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