Slow but steady progress is being made to require the labeling of genetically modified ingredients in our groceries. A bipartisan group of senators and representatives has introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act so that consumers can make informed choices about what they eat.
It’s no surprise that Senator Barbara Boxer (D) of California is a co-sponsor of the bill. In November, California would have been the first state to mandate such labeling, had it not been for a last minute, multi million dollar campaign financed by Monsanto and junk food companies to scare consumers into believing GMO labeling would raise food prices. Monsanto has the largest stake in GMO success, having patented seeds for GMO corn and soy, and raking in billions in profits every year from their sale to farmers.
The fact is that 90% of the public would like to know if their food contains GMOs or not. Our stance on the matter is that labeling should be a no-brainer. Whether GMOs are safe or not is a matter of ongoing scientific debate. There are too many questions left unanswered, and no long term safety studies either.
Meanwhile, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has finally set up a committee to discuss the science of GMOs before publishing a position paper. The seven strong committee of dietitians and scientists counts 2 members with ties to Monsanto. Oops.