5 Good Reasons to Have GM Food Labelling
-By Paul A Philips
Indeed there is never a shortage of controversy surrounding GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and GM (genetically modified) food.
Which leads to the question should we have GM food labelling? Is labelling needed for protecting our public health..? In a word the answer is, yes.
-Here are 5 good reasons to have GM food labelling.
1. Public opinion
According to a number of polls, for example, the one conducted by msnbc.com over 90% of Americans want to see GM food labelling.
2. Worldwide labelling
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 labelling of GM from non-GM foods.
3. Labelling costs have no affect on prices
A number of studies show that GM labelling does not incur extra costs for both the manufacturer and consumer. These finds come from countries already mandating GM labelling. 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 labelling...
The GMA (Grocery Manufacturers Association) has come up with a labelling system in their campaign that enables food labelling transparency. The system uses labelling 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 labelling 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 its 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 foods corn, salmon and tomatoes be marketed with the appropriate GM labelling, to show that it diversifies from the normal?
Not letting people know that they’re eating GM foods by not labelling 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 GMO’s we need to know what we’re swallowing: The GM foods 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.
Now’s your chance to get active
Everyone should have a right to know what foods were swallowing. Support the right to know by supporting the GMO Labelling Initiative.