Requiring labels on foods with genetically modified (GM) ingredients is unnecessary and presents no benefit for consumers, an editorial by the Hartford Courant—the nation’s oldest newspaper—states.
“The fight against genetically modified organisms is fueled more by fear and guesswork than by responsible evidence,” the article says. No credible scientific studies have shown that GM crops present a greater health risk than conventionally produced crops, it points out citing the position of the American Medical Association.
Furthermore, it says that labels are unnecessary because consumers can already identify GM foods: “These days, it’s a pretty safe bet that if you buy virtually any processed food, GMOs played a part in its manufacture; no label is necessary. Those who want non-GMO foods may look for the “USDA Organic” label, which indicates that no genetic modification took place.” Read more.
According to physicians interviewed by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, biotechnology contributes to a safe, nutritious and more abundant food supply. Their insights shed light on issues important to consumers today, including food labeling, food security and sustainable agriculture.
On the topic of food labeling, Dr. Laurie Green, an obstetrician-gynecologist in San Francisco, California, points out that labels on foods containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients could be confusing to consumers. “It’s much more important to label items that might truly cause harm than [genetically modified] foods that have been used for 20 years in 29 countries and consumed by millions and millions of people,” she said.
Dr. Green also discussed the benefits of biotechnology for sustainable agriculture. “Biotechnology has led to foods that require less pesticides, fewer herbicides, and even combat viruses that damage crops, so overall these methodologies have so improved the quality of our environment and the quality of our food supply,” she said.
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