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Learn about genetically modified foods Sept. 12 at COD

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College of DuPage, in partnership with Illinois Right to Know GMO and the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), will host an educational awareness event on proposed state legislation regarding genetically modified food labeling from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sep. 12, in the Culinary and Hospitality Center amphitheater, on the College's main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

This event is intended to help raise awareness and educate participants on proposed bills HB 3085 and SB 1666, the Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act. SB 1666 would require GMO disclosure on the label of any food produced with genetic engineering offered for retail sale in Illinois.

The event includes a special screening of "Genetic Roulette." Produced by IRT Executive Director Jeffrey Smith, this film presents evidence of a correlation between rising disease rates in the U.S. and increased consumption of genetically engineered foods.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion, including College of DuPage Biology Professor Shamili Sandiford, as well as representatives from IRT and Whole Foods. The panelists will discuss the Illinois GMO labeling bill and its possible effects on the community.

Illinois Right to Know GMO is a grassroots organization committed to educating consumers about the dangers of genetically modified foods and supports legislation to label genetically engineered foods. The IRT, founded in 2003, is dedicated to educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified foods and crops.

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