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What Genetically Altered Food Means For The Labeling Industry
“Genetic Modification” also known as “Genetically Engineered” or “Transgenic”, refers to anything that has had genetic makeup (organisms) altered. This process is becoming more common with farmers, who generally use this alteration to make their products insect-resistant. How does this relate to the labeling industry, you wonder? Go ahead, read on…
As “genetically engineering” things such as food becomes more popular, it has also raised great questions from farmers who grow organic fruits and vegetables. Under Proposition 37, should foods that have been genetically modified be labeled so the consumer has a choice of what product they are buying?
This discussion of labeling most products that have been in a sense changed has brought good points from farmers who use both of these methods. The products that would need to be labeled would be most of the ones sold in California. People are asking these products be labeled because they say it’s only fair to consumers that they know what they are putting into their bodies.
On one side of the spectrum, labeling these products will not only cost more money, but have been pointed out as “un-necessary”. In an article published by FoxNews.com Brandon Castillo a spokesman for the opposing side said, “If you get into the history of this, we’ve been genetically modifying crops for thousands of years. In recent decades through biology and modern science, we’re able to be much more efficient and frankly safer about it.”
This brings more questions to mind. Would these labels simply say, “this product has been genetically altered”? Would there be more on the label including how the product has been altered or why the product has been altered? Would they put these fruits or vegetables in different places at the grocery store or the famers market?
What do you think should be placed on these labels? What do consumers really want to know?