Labeling Genetically Modified Foods: Our Right to Know

Labeling of genetically modified foods is required in about 50 countries, but not the United States. It is our right to know which foods are genetically modified so we can make more informed decisions about what we eat.

| June/July 2012

  • Genetically Modified Food
    Some states are tired of waiting for the FDA to label genetically modified foods. Vermont’s legislature is considering a bill to require that genetically modified foods sold in the state be labeled. Monsanto has reportedly said that if Vermont passes the bill, the company will sue the state.
    PHOTO: FOTOLIA/FIKMIK

  • Genetically Modified Food

Polls have consistently shown that more than 90 percent of respondents want foods that contain genetically modified organisms to be labeled as such. Concern about the health and environmental effects of genetic manipulation continues to grow, but Monsanto and other biotech companies have blocked efforts to require foods containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled.

In more than 40 other countries, labeling genetically modified foods is required. In the United States, however, the Food and Drug Administration has refused to require labeling, and has even allowed manufacturers to market these foods as “natural” despite the fact that genetic engineering — splicing genes from one organism into another — seems pretty unnatural to most of us.

Criticism of agencies charged to assure our food is safe is growing.

• In 2011, we learned that most hamburger has been adulterated with chemically processed “pink slime,” with no indication on the label that the meat is anything other than plain ground beef. (For readers who are ready to start grinding their own burger, we plan to publish an article about meat grinders later this year.)



• Even when labeling is required, the government allows companies to mislead us. Much of the meat now sold in the United States is labeled as “enhanced with broth.” “Enhanced” means producers have injected a solution of water and salt (that would be the “broth”) into the meat. For every pound you buy, you are paying meat prices for brine — sometimes up to 40 percent! “Enhanced for profit” is what the label really means. Learn more in Shocking News About Meat.

• A new study found that banned antibiotics and arsenic-based medications are still being fed to poultry, indicating the FDA is failing to enforce its own rules. Read more in CLF Researchers Find Evidence of Banned Antibiotics in Poultry Products.

Debbie
5/29/2018 5:44:47 PM

GMO Food is making Obese and causing many many diseases there is abundant scientific evidence. The World Health Organization has determined GMO foods are dangerous and have reccommendend they be immediately removed from the global food supply and we can't even get this stuff labeled. 64 countries have banned GMO Foods. 334 regions refuse any GMO organisms. The USA is the fattest and sickest country in the entire world. I think we should wake up! Label all GMO food, so those of us who wish not to be a fat disease statistic can actually choose not to eat it! Just Travel anywhere outside of this country where no food is imported from the USA and its hard to find fat people! Even the kids are obese in the USA. What does that tell you? I have had friends move here from other countries and gain 20-30 pounds, they have said to me there is something wrong with the food. How does anyone get fat, from the food they eat, correct? You would think so, but GMO's are not recognised by the body as food and immediately stored as fat. So do a little experiment called the NO GMO diet, just avoid GMO anything at all costs and watch the fat melt away....


Flex Geo
8/14/2012 1:15:04 PM

It is not just a matter of non-GMO producers wanting to increase sales. It is a matter of a right for the public to know what they are eating, and a right for non_GMO producers to produce their product without fear of lawsuites from Monsanto and the other big companies. Currently, if a non-GMO grower has his crop contaminated by wind borne pollen from outside, he is charged with producing that GMO crop and stealing from Monsanto. How fair is that. In actual fact, almost anyone will agree that it is the non-GMO produer, who, through no fault of his own, has had his right to earn a living destroyed by Monsanto. Please google "The world acording to Monsanto" for more information. It beggars belief the way these big companies use outright thuggery to destroy anhyone who goes against them. Whatever your views about the pros and cons of GMO foods, we have a right to know what is in our food, and ordinary growers have a right to grow and sell their traditional products as they see fit. ................. This right does not exist in the Monsanto mindset.


Kelly
8/7/2012 7:35:01 PM

You may know that and I may know that but most people don't, when they find out what is in their food (like say pink slime) changes are made, and don't you think that the reason they(Monsanto and ohers) don't want it labeled is because most people don't want it. These companies have promised the "Better living thru chemicals" Etc. and all of this is proving false, the planet was working just fine for millenia then man came along to "FIX IT", remember, "DON"T FIX IT IF IT AINT BROKE"




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