Washington Law Review


Much Ado About Something: The First Amendment and Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods

July 01, 2014 | 89 Wash. L. Rev. 301

Since first becoming commercially available in the mid-1990s, genetically engineered varieties of certain major food crops have come to dominate the American agricultural landscape. More than eighty percent of the corn and ninety percent of the soybeans grown in the United States are now produced from genetically engineered (GE) seed. Correspondingly, food containing ingredients produced through biotechnology has become ubiquitous—if not readily apparent—in American grocery markets. The Congressional Research Service estimates that two-thirds of processed conventional foods contain ingredients produced through genetic engineering.

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