Isn't it important to label GMO foods in light of recent studies linking GMO corn to cancer?
Russia has banned Monsanto GMO corn and many European nations are considering a ban in light of recent French studies that have shown alarming links to cancer. Do you think it's important that we label all food honestly as they are now going to do in California? Shouldn't the public have a right to be informed when they are eating foods that have been chemically altered and as such may pose a long-term health risk?
There should be honesty in everything so that we have the choice whether or not to partake. Why shouldn't GM foods be labelled? Any other food you buy at the supermarket is labelled - E numbers, preservatives, protein content etc, so yes of course these foods should be labelled so that we can see what we're eating and have the choice to use it or not as we see fit
Most definitely! Although, I think it would be shocking to many that the "healthy" foods they think they are eating are actually harmful. For example, cereals are pretty much junk but many people think they are being healthy by having cereal for breakfast. If I have cereal, it's for a special treat- more like a desert. So many people try to be healthy and that is the worst part.
I agree fitmom.- so many folk take things at face value, which is why we need the labels. Sadly the 'junk' of cereals is only shown in the small print, so folk need to get those specs out and read and then choose accordingly
agreed that a lot of food labeled or marketed as healthy isn't. Nutrition and fitness education should be highlighted and it isn't, probably because it would interfere with junk food in school lunches things like that... sigh.
You are right the public should know. Why we were left in the dark about something that has been common practice for years, I don't know. Maybe we were informed and only now realize what we are being told. Studies are still unclear and incomplete as to long term effects on large animals and humans. It really is not the corn to be alarmed about but the weedkiller Roundup associated with it. I'm sure the levels fed a lab rat compared to large animals would be different and how do we know how much is a threat? I can tell you chickens do well on this corn and nearly half the corn in the US is fed to livestock (poultry, beef, pork) which most is modified to some extent. If we label GM corn, we should also label the meat from animals who consume it. The list would go on and on because corn is consumed in many other forms. Even soda pop has corn syrup in it.
It should be labeled but it won't be as most people would then try to avoid it. We don't have freedom of choice - they mix the GM and non-GM soya together so it's virtually impossible to get non-GM. Their interests are more important than our choice or our health. There would have to be huge public pressure and media pressure to get it labeled.
i would agree that GMO foods should be labeled, except for the fact that opponents have so demonized the concept. US corn & soy crops are already mostly GMO, and GMO is one of the most promising ways to get better yields and even include vitamins in crops like rice. yet some elitists in the west work against the interests of those in the developing world who are just trying to get ENOUGH food to raise their family
scientifically, i've seen no reason to worry about GM foods - the bigger problem are companies like Monsanto that gouge farmers by patenting and holding seeds hostage - for this, US law and the farm lobby are directly responsible - it's an economic problem
The studies showing cancer links are valid so I disagree with you on that, but I do agree fully with you about Monsanto holding seeds hostage with patents. They'll do anything for money even if it means sacrificing health.
I read recently that the suicide rate amongst Indian farmers has doubled since the introduction of GM. It hasn't produced the promised results. It's not about feeding the Third World, it's about controlling the market.
GM products DO produce more food -- the problem is that global corporations are gouging small farmers and charging obscene prices, and farmers are squeezed. in addition, much of the basic research for this was supported by taxpayers yet corps profit
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