Honolulu Council split on labeling genetically modified foods

 UPDATED 6:36 PM HST Apr 25, 2012
HONOLULU, Hawaii -

Honolulu's City Council split a vote, four to four, in a resolution that would have urged the State Legislature and the Food and Drug Administration to mandate labels of genetically modified food.

Dozens of people in support of labeling were in attendance at Wednesday's meeting at Kapolei Hale.

It's estimated GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are now in some 80 percent of the food we eat, and Hawaii has been a test bed for GMO crops for decades.

Officials from Monsato, one of the main companies that grow Gentically modified crops, told council members studies haven't shown genetically modified crops are dangerous or that labeling is needed.

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