Oregon lawmakers have begun hearing testimony on bills to regulate genetically modified food, crops and fish.
The House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on Thursday heard from supporters and opponents of a proposed ban on importing genetically modified fish into Oregon, and of three bills requiring food labeling on genetically engineered products.
Supporters say consumers have the right to know what they are eating, and that genetically engineered fish pose a threat to Oregon's native fish.
Opponents of the legislation say labeling foods would stigmatize the products, and that the engineering process has been proven to be safe.
The Oregon legislature will hear several more bills on genetically modified seeds, crops and products throughout the session.