Commentary: Who needs GMO labeling along with organic labeling?
Rich Keller, editor, AgProfessional An editorial that appeared in the Washington Times online version is an effort of the Food Freedom Project that “promotes consumer choice and defends policies and innovations designed to make food more plentiful and at reduced cost.”
The editorial suggests that the hubbub about labeling food products as possibly containing genetically modified ingredients or being GM fresh foods is ridiculous because those foods that aren’t GMO “contaminated” will be labeled organic. Therefore, consumers already know which products are GMO free.
“Groups, such as the Non-GMO Project have already paved the way for labeling measures that inform consumers and to ensure these labeling standards are clear and enforced. Thanks to these groups, consumers can be certain that products labeled ‘organic’ are inherently free of GMOs. Owing to this effort, those who produce and sell organic food have seen their share of the market grow,” wrote George Landrith, president of Frontiers of Freedom.
Organic labeled definitely should be GM free, but it should be added that some AgProfessional contacts, knowledgeable of the organic marketing chain, suggest that consumers should be wary of organic advertised fresh products because of lax enforcement of organic pesticide regulations—the potential use of pesticides that aren’t truly organic approved.
But to proceed about GMO labeling, Landrith wrote, “The effort to mandate labeling of GMOs is not in the consumers’ best interests, but instead is a way to drive the share of the market occupied by organic foods even higher.”
He adds, “Using scare tactics and propaganda campaigns, anti-GMO activists are trying to convince Americans that GMOs are dangerous—that they are some kind of ‘Frankenfood.’ This ignores more than a century of evidence that shows that the genetics of plants can be manipulated safely to produce better yields, bigger fruits and heartier products.”
The whole editorial can be read by clicking here.
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