Commentary: Who needs GMO labeling along with organic labeling?

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Rich Keller, editor, AgProfessional An editorial that appeared in the Washington Times online version is an effort of the Food Freedom Project  that “promotes consumer choice and defends policies and innovations designed to make food more plentiful and at reduced cost.”

The editorial suggests that the hubbub about labeling food products as possibly containing genetically modified ingredients or being GM fresh foods is ridiculous because those foods that aren’t GMO “contaminated” will be labeled organic. Therefore, consumers already know which products are GMO free.

“Groups, such as the Non-GMO Project have already paved the way for labeling measures that inform consumers and to ensure these labeling standards are clear and enforced. Thanks to these groups, consumers can be certain that products labeled ‘organic’ are inherently free of GMOs. Owing to this effort, those who produce and sell organic food have seen their share of the market grow,” wrote George Landrith, president of Frontiers of Freedom.

Organic labeled definitely should be GM free, but it should be added that some AgProfessional contacts, knowledgeable of the organic marketing chain, suggest that consumers should be wary of organic advertised fresh products because of lax enforcement of organic pesticide regulations—the potential use of pesticides that aren’t truly organic approved.

But to proceed about GMO labeling, Landrith wrote, “The effort to mandate labeling of GMOs is not in the consumers’ best interests, but instead is a way to drive the share of the market occupied by organic foods even higher.”

He adds, “Using scare tactics and propaganda campaigns, anti-GMO activists are trying to convince Americans that GMOs are dangerous—that they are some kind of ‘Frankenfood.’ This ignores more than a century of evidence that shows that the genetics of plants can be manipulated safely to produce better yields, bigger fruits and heartier products.”

The whole editorial can be read by clicking here.

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Name: Ella Baker    
Lousiana  |  February, 17, 2014 at 06:21 AM

There is no need to label organic foods and vegetables since they were raised organically. http://

Virginia  |  March, 05, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Thank you for this link! It's exactly what I've been searching for.

usa  |  February, 20, 2014 at 11:29 AM

It amazes me that people forget Bumblebee Tuna's illegal advertising campaign which is exactly like the anti-GMO labeling campaign. Bumblebee tuna was made with white meat. Consumers were suspicious of white tuna because the popular brands of tuna were made with pink meat. So, the brilliant marketers at Bumblebee changed the label. It said, "Won't turn pink in the can." By the time the lawsuits by the other legit tuna canners had finished, Bumblebee had gained a significant market share and people were no longer suspicious of white tuna. The end.

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