The Importance Of Food Labeling

1547 Words 6 Pages
The food industry has been changing and evolving since the onset of production processing. While shopping, consumers can become confused with all of the different labels placed on specific foods. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently regulates the definition and placement of the "organic" label as food grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, and cannot have any artificial ingredients, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), hormones, or antibiotics (Hari 1). On the other hand, the "natural" label is not defined or regulated. The consumer is left to guess whether or not to believe the label and sometimes the label can be interpreted to mean healthy or has no added sugar. Many consumers also rely heavily on label due to the fact that they are not educated on how to properly read the nutrition label and facts. Robert Lustig and Marsha Cohen 's "F.D.A. Must Define, and Enforce, the Term "Natural,"" Benjamin Cohen 's "Consumers Must Pay More Attention to Agriculture, and Less Attention to Labels, and Vani Hari 's "The Word 'Natural, ' Like Our Food, Has Become Polluted" are three articles that focus …show more content…
Cohen brings up the point that the urbanization of the United States turned consumers into plain eaters and farmers into plain growers. Many Americans know little about the agricultural process, and therefore, if consumers knew more, subsequently, they would become more involved and care more about the process of synthesizing foods. Cohen states that connections need to be made between the eater and the grower. These connections could be fostered through personal relations and even through farmer’s markets. Although Cohen is correct in his argument that education is needed, the argument cannot stand without the “natural” label actually being clearly

Related Documents