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Vehicles traveling around DC pushing message for genetically modified food labeling

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Do you always know what you are eating? Consumers may not realize that some of the fruits and vegetables they eat are genetically modified.

Critics say these foods need to be labeled and some are taking that message to the street of D.C.

Cesar Maxit is an artist. On Thursday, his canvas is a Ford Escort. He is working on what is called the Fishy Fleet.

“The first look people have is a little bit of shock and astonishment, said Adam Edinger.

People shocked to see the fleet on the streets of Washington, such as Fishy Corn and Fishy Tomato. They are trying to send a message with these vehicles.

“The way to do that we thought was to have these smiling protagonists -- these smiling fishy characters, so we have the tomato and the apple and the corn,” Maxit said.

Their website is areweeatingfishyfoods.com. The fruits and vegetables that look like fish are supposed to represent genetically modified organisms (food) or GMOs.

Biotech companies are altering the genetic code of certain seeds. These activists say those foods should be labeled.

For the next week and a half or so,these cars will be tooling around D.C. After that, they will embark on a cross country trip.

“Basically our group is driving cross country to Seattle, Washington to deposit these fishy food cars with activists there who are going to campaign to label genetically engineered food,” said Edinger.

The labeling issue is on the ballot in Washington state this November. There is also a fight at the federal level.

Louis Finkel represents the Grocery Manufacturers Association. He says there is no danger.

“500 peer-reviewed research studies on a global basis have all concluded unequivocally there's no material difference and no health risk associated with the technology,” he said.

The people at Fishy Food say consumers need more information.

“You drive down the road and someone will sit there with their mouth open and they don't believe what they're seeing,” said Robin Bell.

They say it is time to believe what you are seeing and know what you are eating.


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