Engineered Eats: Labeling GMOs In The U.S.
When it comes to labeling GMOs in the US, everyone seems to have different opinions about the matter. Some are perfectly fine with genetically modified foods, while others are totally against science “tampering with nature”. Regardless as to what side of the argument you’re on, one thing is certain: GMO foods are here to stay. The next big issue is how to ensure that consumers can tell the difference between these and other food items.
The problem with labeling GMOs in the US is that it’s not just one or two particular types of food items that contain them. Various foods in each group are now grown or produced with GMOs including sugar beets, soy, salmon, and tomatoes. Labeling everything would be a huge task for the food industry, and some believe that doing so will decrease sales.
People who oppose the use of GMOs often refer to it as something new being done to the food. The truth is that GMOs have been studied for 30 or so years, and no health scares were reported during that time frame. There were no other significant risks associated with them, and GMOs have been deemed safe for human consumption. Other concerns are in the environmental areas. Some believe that these crops could affect insects and butterflies, but GMOs are created to resist specific pests.
Whether or not you would like to see GMO labels on your food items it not up for discussion, as it’s going to happen much sooner than later. The question is whether or not you can trust the label at face value.