President Obama has signed a law into effect that would require all food labels to say if they contain genetically modified ingredients:
President Obama has signed a new law that would require all food labels to declare for the first time whether the item contains genetically modified ingredients.
Just how clear those labels are, however, is up for debate.
The new law, signed Friday and supported by the food industry, pre-empts a recently passed — and stricter — Vermont ruling that requires food to say “produced with genetic engineering.” Instead, companies will be allowed to either say that in plain words on the package, or provide a QR code, 1-800 number, or website for consumers to visit for more information.
Gag me. I’m going to go out on a limb and say most people don’t know what GMOs are, but they’ll see these damn labels and think, “OMG, is this made of chemicals? Is this bad for me?”
Fuck no, they’re not bad for you:
A recent review of two decades of research and over 900 studies by the National Academy of Sciences has not found any evidence that genetically modified organisms pose a hazard to human health. But advocates say not enough is known about GMOs — and consumers want to know exactly what’s in their food.
GMOs are how we can feed way more people with food that tastes better and is better for us. If anything those labels should read: “This product contains genetically modified ingredients. You’re welcome.”
Plenty is known about GMOs. This is the “strengths and weaknesses” stickers on evolution textbooks of the food industry. The science is settled, but some people can’t accept it and made a lot of noise.