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96 Percent of Americans Believe GMOs Should Be Labeled

3/3/2011 3:40:17 PM

Tags: GMOs, CNBC, public opinion about GMOs, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailA whopping 96 percent of Americans believe that genetically modified foods should be labeled, according to a CNBC poll released this week. With a total of 39,053 votes, the poll found that 95.9 percent of respondents said “Yes. It's an ethical issue -- consumers should be informed so they can make a choice.” Only 3.2 percent believe that they’re safe because the U.S. government says so, and 0.9 are not sure.  

The poll attracted a range of interesting comments. “Why mess with nature?” asked one respondent. Declared another: “How dare they play God with our food, endanger our health, our food supply, and then decide it doesn't need labeled!!! It's insane!” “Just say no to GMO!” said another.

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4/7/2011 11:28:39 AM
Not necessarily. We don't label hybrids except as a selling point, and the only reason I could see for labeling GMOs is where they contain proteins that may trigger an allergic reaction, such as a grain with a shellfish or peanut splice that produces those allergens. Otherwise? How is it that different from the way humans have altered crops and livestock for millennia? Our ancestors even cloned crops in the form of cuttings; every apple variety we enjoy, every potato, is essentially the clone of a variety that someone liked. Humans have been "messing with nature" for a long time.

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