South Coast protests genetically modified food

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- The health effects of genetically altered foods are an ongoing debate nationwide, and a co-op in North Bend is urging people to say 'No' to genetically modified food.

It's been said, "you are what you eat," but with the rise of genetically modified organisms, Americans don't always know what we're putting in our bodies.

As pf now, it's not required by law to label foods that have been genetically altered.

Deb Krough is with the Coos Head Food Co-op, and says that needs to change. "It needs to be labeled," she said. "People have the right to know what they're eating for their own personal health and their family's health."

In more than 60 countries around the world there are restrictions on the production and sale of GMOs.

Here in the US, the government has approved them.

Some say current policy was made with information only showing the benefits of the food additive.

Some who disagree with the policy say they feel they have to take matters into their own hands.

Some people did just that over the weekend, when about 150 people showed up on the Coos Bay Boardwalk for a protest.

The event was Saturday afternoon, and there is no word yet on any future anti-Monsanto events in the area.