5 Good Reasons to Have GM Food Labeling
Indeed there is never a shortage of controversy surrounding GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and GM (genetically modified) food.
Which leads to the question should we have GM food labeling? Is labeling needed for protecting our public health? In a word the answer is, yes.
Here are 5 good reasons to have GM food labeling.
1. Public opinion
2. Worldwide labeling
Citizens have a right to know what they’re eating and from some 64 different countries the respective governments acknowledge this by mandating the accurate labeling of GM from non-GM foods.
3. Labeling costs have no effect on prices
A number of studies show that GM labeling does not incur extra costs for both the manufacturer and consumer. These findings come from countries already mandating GM labeling. As expected food prices are affected by things like demographics (various populations and groups) and market brand competitiveness but nobody takes a hike with GM labeling…
The GMA (Grocery Manufacturers Association) has come up with a labeling system in their campaign that enables food labeling transparency. The system uses labeling codes for foods. Customers can look up the label code on a food product online and get information about its marketing strategy and status. Once again this was not affecting the pricing.
The GMA is said to be supported by over 300 businesses related to the food packaging industry and related fields. However, this set-up is an effrontery for biotech and junk food corporations. The last thing this conglomerate wants to see is GM food labeling because they consider it will greatly affect their profits.
4. Farmers informed of transgenic seeds
Farmers are given information on the transgenic seeds (genetic material artificially transferred from another species into the seeds) before planting and growing. In other words they ‘know it before they grow it.’ So, why can’t GM food consumers read the information about the food before eating?
5. Honesty is the best policy
It’s quite simple really. If you want to tell the truth, then label your food accordingly: If it’s GM food, then label it as such with the proper species ID.
Traditionally, hybridization has always been transparent. For example, the tangelo is the result of a cross between a tangerine and a pomelo. This is marketed as a tangelo not a tangerine.
So shouldn’t the same open and honest principles be used when marketing GM foods? For examples, shouldn’t the GM corn and future salmon be marketed with the appropriate GM labeling, to show that it diverts from the norm?
Not letting people know that they’re eating GM foods by not labeling hides a multitude of sins.
For example, cheaper produced GM fish such as sEELmon can be sold off under the guise of wild salmon allowing sellers to charge a higher price.
This amounts to nothing more than devious fraud.
When it comes to GMOs we need to know what we’re swallowing: The GM products canola, cotton, corn, soy and beet are used for producing sugar, vegetable oils and high fructose corn syrup which have been known to be major factors for causing heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
The majority of GM crops are unhealthy dietary choices and not without reason. The Monsanto iconic herbicide glyphosate the active ingredient in Roundup is used to heavily spray the GM crops. With its glyphosate, Roundup has unwittingly put both the consumer and farmer at risk to cancer.
At the same time Roundup has failed miserably as a pesticide as crops have developed a resistance.