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Do GMO food labels make us more or less safe?




Labels on bags of snack foods indicate they are non-GMO food products, in Los Angeles, California, October 19, 2012.
Labels on bags of snack foods indicate they are non-GMO food products, in Los Angeles, California, October 19, 2012.
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What do you think about genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Worried? Don't really care? Chances are, if anything, you're confused.

The term GMO describes an organism that's been genetically engineered to take on certain qualities, like resistance to a virus or an added nutritional element.

There are claims and counter-claims about the safety of GMOs, so the debate in recent years has come down to food labeling.

Vermont, Connecticut and Maine have all passed laws requiring GMO foods to be labeled as such. But opponents of GMO labeling won big last week when the House of Representatives voted in favor or a law that would block states from mandating GMO labels.

Slate writer Will Saletan examined the claims on both sides of the GMO debate for a recent piece called "Unhealthy Fixation." Saletan joined Take Two to discuss the debate over GMO labels.

To hear the full interview with Will Saletan, click the link above.