Unless you're the rare individual who would choose Dippin' Dots over a scoop of vanilla, most people don't like to tinker with tradition—especially when it comes to their food.
So it's not surprising that the idea of genetically-engineered (GE) food strikes a lot of Americans as, well, sketchy. Whether that assessment is fair is another question. And the answer depends on whom you ask. To some, genetically modified foods portend environmental and health hazards; to others, they're a boon that could feed the world's growing population with needed nutrients and crops that withstand insects and pesticides. Either way, you're bound to hear plenty more on the subject, which has gained attention amid a swell of efforts calling for federal and state labeling of genetically-engineered foods. The latest of these came on Wednesday with the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, which was introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and would require food manufacturers to label genetically engineered products accordingly.