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A GMO Labeling Bill Finally Just Passed in the Senate: Here’s What That Means For Americans

A GMO Labeling Bill Finally Just Passed in the Senate: Here’s What That Means For Americans

The Senate voted on Thursday to create a single national GMO labeling bill after more than a year of debates on the issue

Soon food companies will have to tell you exactly how they modified the genes in your frozen vegetables.

After more than a year of Congressional debates and setbacks, the Senate has finally passed a bill that would require the labeling of GMOs in packaged foods (though it would not cover raw foods like produce). The bill passed 63-30 immediately after Vermont became the first state to pass its own GMO bill. The Vermont legislation went into effect on July 1 and is giving all food companies six months to comply.

The Senate bill would require all food companies to label genetically modified ingredients on their packages either in the form of a traditional food label or with a QR code that customers would have to scan with their smartphones in order to actually get the information needed, according to Vox. This, critics of the bill say, would likely deter people from ever actually educating themselves on the contents of their shopping carts. The bill also has a few loopholes that might allow some GMO ingredients, like modified soybean oil, to get by without labeling. In any case, researchers have found that labels don’t dissuade people from buying products, according to the New York Times.

It is important to note that most scientists believe that GMOs are not harmful, but that 66 percent of the American public would prefer GMO foods to be labeled, according to a 2015 Associated Press survey.

Food manufacturers are against the law because it requires time, effort, and funding on their part to change their nutrition labels, and because it sends consumers a message that GMOs are necessarily matters of concern.

For the bill to go into effect, it will need approval from the Republican-led House of Representatives, which is considered to be unlikely.


Truth.A new study from the peer reviewed journal, Nutrition and Diabetes, was released this week, showing an association between higher pasta intake and lower body mass index (BMI). The study, which included 14,402 Italians, also showed better adherence to the Mediterranean Diet when subjects regularly included pasta into their diet &mdash plus, a greater frequency of eating good-for-you foods like tomatoes, olive oil, onions, and garlic.

JACKIE'S TAKE:No surprise here. Pasta has always been a good-for-you food that can help promote feeling satisfied by a meal and facilitate weight loss! There's been a lot of coverage this week about this, many citing "moderation" and "have a smaller portion." This is missing a key component for true pasta lovers, though: No one wants to sit down and eat a teeny tiny bowl of spaghetti. You want to it to feel like you're really eating something filling and delicious, right? My advice: Let's cut the "small portion" talk and try doing like the Italians do instead: Stick with the International Pasta Organization's Consensus recommendation of 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup cooked pasta per person per day. Then, pile on as many delicious sautéed-in-olive-oil veggies as you like (zucchini, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, spinach, garlic, onion&hellipjust to name a few). Mix these to your pasta, an sprinkle about 1/2-to-1 oz. of flavorful cheese, like parmesan or ricotta, on top. You can serve as-is or add about 3 to 4 oz. of lean protein, like chicken or fish, for an extra boost. Another key component of the Mediterranean Diet? Wine. So pour a glass, and mangia la pasta.


Truth.A new study from the peer reviewed journal, Nutrition and Diabetes, was released this week, showing an association between higher pasta intake and lower body mass index (BMI). The study, which included 14,402 Italians, also showed better adherence to the Mediterranean Diet when subjects regularly included pasta into their diet &mdash plus, a greater frequency of eating good-for-you foods like tomatoes, olive oil, onions, and garlic.

JACKIE'S TAKE:No surprise here. Pasta has always been a good-for-you food that can help promote feeling satisfied by a meal and facilitate weight loss! There's been a lot of coverage this week about this, many citing "moderation" and "have a smaller portion." This is missing a key component for true pasta lovers, though: No one wants to sit down and eat a teeny tiny bowl of spaghetti. You want to it to feel like you're really eating something filling and delicious, right? My advice: Let's cut the "small portion" talk and try doing like the Italians do instead: Stick with the International Pasta Organization's Consensus recommendation of 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup cooked pasta per person per day. Then, pile on as many delicious sautéed-in-olive-oil veggies as you like (zucchini, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, spinach, garlic, onion&hellipjust to name a few). Mix these to your pasta, an sprinkle about 1/2-to-1 oz. of flavorful cheese, like parmesan or ricotta, on top. You can serve as-is or add about 3 to 4 oz. of lean protein, like chicken or fish, for an extra boost. Another key component of the Mediterranean Diet? Wine. So pour a glass, and mangia la pasta.


Truth.A new study from the peer reviewed journal, Nutrition and Diabetes, was released this week, showing an association between higher pasta intake and lower body mass index (BMI). The study, which included 14,402 Italians, also showed better adherence to the Mediterranean Diet when subjects regularly included pasta into their diet &mdash plus, a greater frequency of eating good-for-you foods like tomatoes, olive oil, onions, and garlic.

JACKIE'S TAKE:No surprise here. Pasta has always been a good-for-you food that can help promote feeling satisfied by a meal and facilitate weight loss! There's been a lot of coverage this week about this, many citing "moderation" and "have a smaller portion." This is missing a key component for true pasta lovers, though: No one wants to sit down and eat a teeny tiny bowl of spaghetti. You want to it to feel like you're really eating something filling and delicious, right? My advice: Let's cut the "small portion" talk and try doing like the Italians do instead: Stick with the International Pasta Organization's Consensus recommendation of 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup cooked pasta per person per day. Then, pile on as many delicious sautéed-in-olive-oil veggies as you like (zucchini, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, spinach, garlic, onion&hellipjust to name a few). Mix these to your pasta, an sprinkle about 1/2-to-1 oz. of flavorful cheese, like parmesan or ricotta, on top. You can serve as-is or add about 3 to 4 oz. of lean protein, like chicken or fish, for an extra boost. Another key component of the Mediterranean Diet? Wine. So pour a glass, and mangia la pasta.


Truth.A new study from the peer reviewed journal, Nutrition and Diabetes, was released this week, showing an association between higher pasta intake and lower body mass index (BMI). The study, which included 14,402 Italians, also showed better adherence to the Mediterranean Diet when subjects regularly included pasta into their diet &mdash plus, a greater frequency of eating good-for-you foods like tomatoes, olive oil, onions, and garlic.

JACKIE'S TAKE:No surprise here. Pasta has always been a good-for-you food that can help promote feeling satisfied by a meal and facilitate weight loss! There's been a lot of coverage this week about this, many citing "moderation" and "have a smaller portion." This is missing a key component for true pasta lovers, though: No one wants to sit down and eat a teeny tiny bowl of spaghetti. You want to it to feel like you're really eating something filling and delicious, right? My advice: Let's cut the "small portion" talk and try doing like the Italians do instead: Stick with the International Pasta Organization's Consensus recommendation of 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup cooked pasta per person per day. Then, pile on as many delicious sautéed-in-olive-oil veggies as you like (zucchini, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, spinach, garlic, onion&hellipjust to name a few). Mix these to your pasta, an sprinkle about 1/2-to-1 oz. of flavorful cheese, like parmesan or ricotta, on top. You can serve as-is or add about 3 to 4 oz. of lean protein, like chicken or fish, for an extra boost. Another key component of the Mediterranean Diet? Wine. So pour a glass, and mangia la pasta.


Truth.A new study from the peer reviewed journal, Nutrition and Diabetes, was released this week, showing an association between higher pasta intake and lower body mass index (BMI). The study, which included 14,402 Italians, also showed better adherence to the Mediterranean Diet when subjects regularly included pasta into their diet &mdash plus, a greater frequency of eating good-for-you foods like tomatoes, olive oil, onions, and garlic.

JACKIE'S TAKE:No surprise here. Pasta has always been a good-for-you food that can help promote feeling satisfied by a meal and facilitate weight loss! There's been a lot of coverage this week about this, many citing "moderation" and "have a smaller portion." This is missing a key component for true pasta lovers, though: No one wants to sit down and eat a teeny tiny bowl of spaghetti. You want to it to feel like you're really eating something filling and delicious, right? My advice: Let's cut the "small portion" talk and try doing like the Italians do instead: Stick with the International Pasta Organization's Consensus recommendation of 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup cooked pasta per person per day. Then, pile on as many delicious sautéed-in-olive-oil veggies as you like (zucchini, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, spinach, garlic, onion&hellipjust to name a few). Mix these to your pasta, an sprinkle about 1/2-to-1 oz. of flavorful cheese, like parmesan or ricotta, on top. You can serve as-is or add about 3 to 4 oz. of lean protein, like chicken or fish, for an extra boost. Another key component of the Mediterranean Diet? Wine. So pour a glass, and mangia la pasta.


Truth.A new study from the peer reviewed journal, Nutrition and Diabetes, was released this week, showing an association between higher pasta intake and lower body mass index (BMI). The study, which included 14,402 Italians, also showed better adherence to the Mediterranean Diet when subjects regularly included pasta into their diet &mdash plus, a greater frequency of eating good-for-you foods like tomatoes, olive oil, onions, and garlic.

JACKIE'S TAKE:No surprise here. Pasta has always been a good-for-you food that can help promote feeling satisfied by a meal and facilitate weight loss! There's been a lot of coverage this week about this, many citing "moderation" and "have a smaller portion." This is missing a key component for true pasta lovers, though: No one wants to sit down and eat a teeny tiny bowl of spaghetti. You want to it to feel like you're really eating something filling and delicious, right? My advice: Let's cut the "small portion" talk and try doing like the Italians do instead: Stick with the International Pasta Organization's Consensus recommendation of 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup cooked pasta per person per day. Then, pile on as many delicious sautéed-in-olive-oil veggies as you like (zucchini, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, spinach, garlic, onion&hellipjust to name a few). Mix these to your pasta, an sprinkle about 1/2-to-1 oz. of flavorful cheese, like parmesan or ricotta, on top. You can serve as-is or add about 3 to 4 oz. of lean protein, like chicken or fish, for an extra boost. Another key component of the Mediterranean Diet? Wine. So pour a glass, and mangia la pasta.


Truth.A new study from the peer reviewed journal, Nutrition and Diabetes, was released this week, showing an association between higher pasta intake and lower body mass index (BMI). The study, which included 14,402 Italians, also showed better adherence to the Mediterranean Diet when subjects regularly included pasta into their diet &mdash plus, a greater frequency of eating good-for-you foods like tomatoes, olive oil, onions, and garlic.

JACKIE'S TAKE:No surprise here. Pasta has always been a good-for-you food that can help promote feeling satisfied by a meal and facilitate weight loss! There's been a lot of coverage this week about this, many citing "moderation" and "have a smaller portion." This is missing a key component for true pasta lovers, though: No one wants to sit down and eat a teeny tiny bowl of spaghetti. You want to it to feel like you're really eating something filling and delicious, right? My advice: Let's cut the "small portion" talk and try doing like the Italians do instead: Stick with the International Pasta Organization's Consensus recommendation of 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup cooked pasta per person per day. Then, pile on as many delicious sautéed-in-olive-oil veggies as you like (zucchini, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, spinach, garlic, onion&hellipjust to name a few). Mix these to your pasta, an sprinkle about 1/2-to-1 oz. of flavorful cheese, like parmesan or ricotta, on top. You can serve as-is or add about 3 to 4 oz. of lean protein, like chicken or fish, for an extra boost. Another key component of the Mediterranean Diet? Wine. So pour a glass, and mangia la pasta.


Truth.A new study from the peer reviewed journal, Nutrition and Diabetes, was released this week, showing an association between higher pasta intake and lower body mass index (BMI). The study, which included 14,402 Italians, also showed better adherence to the Mediterranean Diet when subjects regularly included pasta into their diet &mdash plus, a greater frequency of eating good-for-you foods like tomatoes, olive oil, onions, and garlic.

JACKIE'S TAKE:No surprise here. Pasta has always been a good-for-you food that can help promote feeling satisfied by a meal and facilitate weight loss! There's been a lot of coverage this week about this, many citing "moderation" and "have a smaller portion." This is missing a key component for true pasta lovers, though: No one wants to sit down and eat a teeny tiny bowl of spaghetti. You want to it to feel like you're really eating something filling and delicious, right? My advice: Let's cut the "small portion" talk and try doing like the Italians do instead: Stick with the International Pasta Organization's Consensus recommendation of 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup cooked pasta per person per day. Then, pile on as many delicious sautéed-in-olive-oil veggies as you like (zucchini, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, spinach, garlic, onion&hellipjust to name a few). Mix these to your pasta, an sprinkle about 1/2-to-1 oz. of flavorful cheese, like parmesan or ricotta, on top. You can serve as-is or add about 3 to 4 oz. of lean protein, like chicken or fish, for an extra boost. Another key component of the Mediterranean Diet? Wine. So pour a glass, and mangia la pasta.


Truth.A new study from the peer reviewed journal, Nutrition and Diabetes, was released this week, showing an association between higher pasta intake and lower body mass index (BMI). The study, which included 14,402 Italians, also showed better adherence to the Mediterranean Diet when subjects regularly included pasta into their diet &mdash plus, a greater frequency of eating good-for-you foods like tomatoes, olive oil, onions, and garlic.

JACKIE'S TAKE:No surprise here. Pasta has always been a good-for-you food that can help promote feeling satisfied by a meal and facilitate weight loss! There's been a lot of coverage this week about this, many citing "moderation" and "have a smaller portion." This is missing a key component for true pasta lovers, though: No one wants to sit down and eat a teeny tiny bowl of spaghetti. You want to it to feel like you're really eating something filling and delicious, right? My advice: Let's cut the "small portion" talk and try doing like the Italians do instead: Stick with the International Pasta Organization's Consensus recommendation of 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup cooked pasta per person per day. Then, pile on as many delicious sautéed-in-olive-oil veggies as you like (zucchini, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, spinach, garlic, onion&hellipjust to name a few). Mix these to your pasta, an sprinkle about 1/2-to-1 oz. of flavorful cheese, like parmesan or ricotta, on top. You can serve as-is or add about 3 to 4 oz. of lean protein, like chicken or fish, for an extra boost. Another key component of the Mediterranean Diet? Wine. So pour a glass, and mangia la pasta.


Truth.A new study from the peer reviewed journal, Nutrition and Diabetes, was released this week, showing an association between higher pasta intake and lower body mass index (BMI). The study, which included 14,402 Italians, also showed better adherence to the Mediterranean Diet when subjects regularly included pasta into their diet &mdash plus, a greater frequency of eating good-for-you foods like tomatoes, olive oil, onions, and garlic.

JACKIE'S TAKE:No surprise here. Pasta has always been a good-for-you food that can help promote feeling satisfied by a meal and facilitate weight loss! There's been a lot of coverage this week about this, many citing "moderation" and "have a smaller portion." This is missing a key component for true pasta lovers, though: No one wants to sit down and eat a teeny tiny bowl of spaghetti. You want to it to feel like you're really eating something filling and delicious, right? My advice: Let's cut the "small portion" talk and try doing like the Italians do instead: Stick with the International Pasta Organization's Consensus recommendation of 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup cooked pasta per person per day. Then, pile on as many delicious sautéed-in-olive-oil veggies as you like (zucchini, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, spinach, garlic, onion&hellipjust to name a few). Mix these to your pasta, an sprinkle about 1/2-to-1 oz. of flavorful cheese, like parmesan or ricotta, on top. You can serve as-is or add about 3 to 4 oz. of lean protein, like chicken or fish, for an extra boost. Another key component of the Mediterranean Diet? Wine. So pour a glass, and mangia la pasta.