GMO Labels – Coming Soon?

California GMO Petition

We often get requests by Fooducate app users to provide GMO (genetically modified organism) information on products. We respond that our analysis is based on information presented on the products package. And product packages do not have this info to offer. We also tell people to assume that the majority of their packaged groceries do include GMO ingredients. Those that don’t want GMO product should buy certified organic products or look for a “No GMO” label that has started to crop up on a few hundreds of products (out of hundreds of thousands in the US).

To understand how we got here, a bit of history. In 1994, the FDA approved the first genetically modified organism for human consumption,a tomato. The FDA also decided that there is no need to label the genetically modified tomato any differently. The logic: from a food safety perspective, GM food is similar to conventional food. Labeling GMOs would confuse folks, causing us to think the GM tomato was inferior in some way.

Fast forward almost 20 years, and today, 90% of corn, soy, and sugar beets grown in the US are genetically modified. In Europe, where governments tend to listen more to their constituents, GM crops did not take off. Consumers demanded, and got, labels on products that included genetically modified ingredients. As a result, manufacturers in the UK and others decided to work with traditional crops instead.

Whether GM crops are dangerous to our health or not is a point being argued by scientists on both sides. The argument may take years to settle. But in the meantime, shouldn’t consumers at least have the ability to choose?

According to the powerful agricultural lobbies – NO.

But consumer groups are not giving up. In the last few weeks and months there is a renewed demand. Several states are considering legislation demanding GMO labeling, with California apparently the closest to getting it done. For more information, take a look at these resources:

National – the Non GMO Project and Just Label It

In California –

According to polls, over 90% of Americans would like to see GMO labeling on their food. What about you?

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  • Sunshineydoodlebug

    Silk brand almond milk and Almond Breeze are not GM.

  • Pam Feldhues

    Soy milk is not good for human consumption, contrary to the soy producers ad campaign! Please do your own research!

  • EVIL food scientist

    You folks look for boogiemen behind every single closet door, don’t you?

    • Jim L Adrian

      You make joke!! I have an idea–eat nothing but GMO’S and when you get all the lesions and lumps on you–You will be the joke!!!!

  • Jonathan Bechtel

    As a consumer I’d like to see labels on GMO’s, but I actually think the issue is fairly simple……practically all foods are grown with GMO ingredients unless noted otherwise. 

    You also have to think about the equilibrium effects of such a move. Fixed rules will always give the bad guys room to wiggle around to avoid the intent of the law, even if they are technically following the letter of the law. 

    I’m honestly not familiar enough with the minutaie of GMO crop management to understand the differences between farming methods, but I’d bet honest dollars with anyone that this would turn into a marketing tool that would flout the intention of the law in a way that would aggravate the people calling for the new labeling laws.

    If I want to distinctly go out of my way to avoid GMO’s I buy locally grown food.  Everything else probably has it.

    • Jim L Adrian

      Here is all it is, basically. It is not the different farming methods, the methods are not altered. The Frankinseed (GMO) is substituted for the natural seed. Then an large amount of chemicals are sprayed on the Frankinseed plants as they grow. And that’t the minutIAe dance!

      Care for another heiping? May be another glass of GMO soy milk to wash it all down?

  • Homecookedhealthy

    A big YES!  Would really like to see GMO labeling.  The obvious question is why not label to know what we’re eating.  Humm, guess they don’t want us to know what’s in it? My point is if I’m paying for it I would like to know what I’m getting.

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  • Christine Eubanks

    “We often get requests by Fooducate app users to provide GMO (genetically modified organism) information on products.”

    Yes, people must have the right to know what kind of product are they going to buy or consume.