State News
10:23 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Durbin against GMO labeling

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin told a farm sector audience something they like to hear, during a forum held east of Bloomington.

Durbin told the forum held by the Illinois Farm Bureau he has twice voted against labeling requirements for food products containing genetically engineered or GMO crops...

"And I don't believe you go around labeling food, inferring there's something wrong with the product unless there's evidence of it."

Durbin says he has taken some heat for his position from fellow Democratic lawmakers. But....

"I have yet to see a credible scientific report that GMO food is any hazard, any danger to anybody."

Durbin also says labels can be misleading. Free range chickens, for instance, he says are kept in cages in fields with doors they tend not to use. And he said the term organic has at times been so ill defined, it means nothing.

Durbin is running for another term in the U.S. Senate against Republican State Senator Jim Oberweis.