Other presenters had a federal focus. They probed national egg-laying standards for caged hens, the lack of one for the label "natural" and state animal welfare protections that far exceed the bare minimum of "The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act." Biotechnology regulation also cropped up: the FDA and "Frankenfish" salmon, and the Supreme Court's recent stance against the Indiana farmer Monsanto sued for saving its patented Roundup Ready soybeans for replanting. Though California voters rejected mandatory labeling on foods containing GMOs, similar campaigns are under way now, in states including Vermont and Maine. MOFGA is leading this "Right to Know" effort, which would exempt from disclosure restaurants and dairy/meat animals fed GMO crops. In the meantime, choose certified organic to avoid GMOs (though don't dismiss drought- or salt-tolerant ones for Africa). Or reach for the growing number of "Non-GMO Project"-verified products. Maine's law would prevent the labeling of GMO foods as "natural," a mostly meaningless label anyway.

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