Pros And Cons Of Gm Food Labeling

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Genetically Modified Food Labeling: Consumers’ right to make informed choices
Most foods available in the market are either genetically engineered or they have at least one ingredient from GMO (Genetically Modified Organism). However, most of these food products are not labeled properly as they are considered as safe as non-GMO food. Nonetheless, consumers have the right to get this information when they buy their food. The only way to do that is to impose mandatory labeling of Genetically Modified(GM) food. GMO food should be labeled to enable consumers to make informed choice when they buy their food.
In 1983, the first genetically engineered plant was introduced in the world, and China became a pioneer to induce “Virus resistance tobacco”
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Thirty-seven countries put in place a regulation that requires all genetically engineered food with a threshold of 0.9-1% content to be labeled. Ten countries with threshold content of 1% and beyond impose mandatory labeling. Fifteen nations have mandatory labeling for certain genetically engineered food (1184). Furthermore, Kling argues that the minimum content of genetically modified ingredient is a critical point in the debate on GM food labeling. For example, Vermont proposed 0.9% which is similar to the EU. Japan’s law stipulates the minimum content of 5% and California’s draft law says no GM at all …show more content…
A reasonable government doesn’t compromise the safety of its people and entertain only the interests of biotech companies (Zainol et al 209). Yet in the US, business-oriented companies have been given the mandate to assess whether genetically modified foods are safe for the public and can go to the market unchecked. There has been no reliable and independent scientific review to attest the claims of the producers as far as potential health and environmental risks are concerned. DNA alteration as the result of gene insertion between two different organisms results in the formation of new traits. This plant should be considered as a unique organism before authorizing producers to flood the market by genetically modified food. The FDA should scientifically and independently conduct safety proofs of any additives and such additives must be appropriately labeled (Levin

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