As environmental ministers from the European Member States decide on the fate of the proposed new rules for the labelling of genetically modified foods, there are signs that the tide may be turning in the US, traditionally far less critical of GM foods than their European counterparts.
In November 2002 voters in the state of Oregon will have the chance to vote on a measure that would require the labelling of all genetically altered food.
If approved, labelling would be required on all foods sold and served in Oregon, as well as food distributed from the state. Supporters of the measure say too little is known about the long-term side-effects of genetically altered food.
How long before other US states feel consumer pressure?