Persuasive Essay On Mandatory Labeling

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All About that Label A pack of cigarettes comes with a caution in bold, red letters to those who might purchase it, yet products containing organisms that have been genetically spliced or modified are often hidden in plain sight with little warning regarding its ingredients. Consumers should be able to make knowledgeable decisions about what they are buying and consuming rather than purchasing blindly without consequence. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires labeling of genetically modified (GM) food only if it differs significantly from the expectation of that food. However, it does not include the methods of genetic engineering or hybridization to create new plant varieties (Byrne, Pendell, and Graff). Doubt surrounds …show more content…
Mandatory labeling was first proposed in the European Union in the 1900s as well, but enforcement of mandatory labeling has yet to be fully implemented in countries of Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Critics of GM foods believe that the “Precautionary Principle” should be applied when dealing with the absence of scientific proof concerning the safety of GMO (Galeotti 403). Within the past few years, GMO labeling has caught flame and is burning its way throughout the United States. Residents of Washington State voted on Initiative 522, which would require manufacturers to disclose their use of GM crops, such as corn and soy (Dennis). If the vote passed, Washington would be the first state to have labeling requirements; however, the vote was 54.8% opposed to labeling and 45.2% in favor of it (Weise). Elizabeth Larter, a spokeswoman for the Yes on the 522 campaign, had not been discouraged, “Whether we win or lose here, this movement will continue to go on,” (qtd. in …show more content…
The “Just Label It” campaign, which lasted 180 days, announced that approximately 1 million people asked the FDA to label GMOs on foods (Main, “One Million”). More likely than not, consumers just want to have the decision to choose the type of food to put in their bodies. Surveys do show that people want to know if the food that is fed to their children and family is genetically modified or spliced. Accusations of the credibility of such surveys are questioned, claiming that the way the questions were phrased and the way in which it was represented made Americans vote in favor of GMO labeling (Powell).Even if consumers cannot put a name to mandatory labeling without given information on the nature of GM food, it does not change the fact that people still want the labeling of GMOs (“Pros and Cons of GM Labelling”). Surveys show that consumers want their food to be labeled, not what specific rules and guidelines should be implemented. The schematics concerning the system should be left to the manufacturers. The majority of Americans in favor of the labeling movement simply want to have a choice in their purchases, and to have a “right to know” if the ingredients of the cereal they are feeding their children were made in a lab (“Pros and Cons of GM Labelling”).

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