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Updated Jan 24, 2014 - 5:00 am

Group wants Arizona to join anti-GMO fight

PHOENIX — A grassroots organization is taking aim at genetically-modified foods with the hopes Arizona voters will help in the fight implement a law that would require GMOs to be properly labeled.

“We have to know what’s in our food,” said Jared Keen, founder of Plant Based Nation. “We have the right to know what we are eating. No one knows with certainty if they’re safe, if there’s any correlation between GMOs and disease processes and we didn’t even know that we were being subjected to this.”

Keen is leading the effort and will submit required paperwork to the attorney general’s office next week. His goal is to collect nearly 200,000 voter signatures to get the initiative on the ballot.

Currently, only a couple states have labeling requirements but dozens of others are joining in the push to clearly identify foods with genetically-modified ingredients. The most common include corn, soybean and canola.

Reports show two-thirds of the processed foods on grocery store shelves contain genetically-modified ingredients.

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