Why Is GMO Labeling?

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Over the years, the term GMO or Genetically Modified Organisms has been popping up and has started to concern many Americans. Genetically Modified Organisms have become an increasing problem and have been researched to provide positive and negative effects for both human health and environmental health. North America is now the only continent that allows GMO’s to be used (“64 countries that have GMO labeling laws”). While many do not know about Genetically Modified Organisms, the government, specifically the FDA, is still conducting research about GMO’s, yet they are hiding the information from the American population by not labeling their products sufficiently. Parents have been more concerned than ever about what they are allowing their …show more content…
According to Hemphill and Banerjee article “Mandatory Food Labeling for GMOs” they state that “over 70 percent of processed foods in America contain Genetically Modified Products. The Center for Food Safety states that 64 countries world legally require GMO labeling” (Hemphill). Labeling does not apply to the United States, however, should labeling become required? Over the past few years, anti- GMO lobbying groups have made a statement and continue to fight for “right to know” allowing all consumers to know what exactly is in their food products. The biggest ongoing argument is about mandatory GMO labeling. From 2013 to present day twenty different states have passed mandatory GMO food labeling bills. Even though states are taking action in GMO labeling, it should be a job of the federal government to inform the American population (Hemphill). If Genetically Modified Foods are so safe, then why are there national problem with labeling food …show more content…
Genetic Modified Organisms have also been help to positive standards as well. Genetically Modified Foods have been able to become more resistant to weeds, pest, and diseases (“Benefits of GM food”). These crops and foods have also created an essential way to feed the worlds along with having a longer shelf life and create better textures. GMOs have also led to production of pharmaceutical drugs as well; along with GM animals to have alongside for testing these new drugs (Goldbas). Monsanto, the world’s leading GM seed providing stakeholder “is focused on empowering farmers to produce more from their land” (Monsanto). Monsanto sides with the GM studying conducting that GMOs have no health risks, but they are against labeling their products why?
“We [Monsanto] oppose mandatory labeling of foods and ingredients developed from GM seeds in the absence of any demonstrating risk, as it could be interpreted as a warning or imply that food products containing these ingredients are somehow inferior to their conventional or organic counterpart. We support companies to voluntarily label food products noting attributions based on their customer’s preferences and provided labeling is

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