Tennessee legislators: Label genetically modified seeds and plants
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Senate Bill 893/House Bill 1169 will require plants and seeds sold in Tennessee to be labeled as open pollinated, genetically modified, or hybridized. Open pollinated plants produce seeds that can be saved from year to year; genetic modification is a controversial technology involving the insertion of genes from one organism into another, resulting in an entirely new plant that would not occur in nature; and hybridization may produce sterile offspring, thus affecting the ability to save seeds. By clearly labeling the seeds and plants sold in Tennessee, citizens will be able to make informed decisions as to what types of seeds and plants best fit their needs.
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