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GMO expert to speak at USF tonight

Tampa, Florida -- Organic farmers, environmentalists, and lawmakers are all part of the push to require manufacturers to label foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. A best-selling author and filmmaker wants to raise awareness of the health dangers of genetically modified organisms.

Executive Director for the Institute of Responsible Technology Jeffrey M. Smith will shed more light on how to make non-GMO food choices at an event tonight at the University of South Florida. Smith will speak at the Oval at the USF Marshall Student Center at 6:30 at a free event.

Cheerios recently announced plans to refrain from GMOs in its original recipe. Companies like Chipotle and Whole Foods want to label modified ingredients. While the companies that make the crops say they're safe and backed by scientific studies, Smith says the FDA and regulators are teetering on a foundation of outdated science and false assumptions.

Activists are pushing labeling bills in the Florida legislature known as Sentate Bill 558 and the companion House Bill 1. Previous bills died in committee in 2013.

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Smith says there are nine food crops that can be genetically modified: soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar for sugar beets, alfalfa used as hay, zucchini, yellow squash, and papaya from China or Hawaii.

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