Here are 7 reasons to label GMOs:
1. Widespread Public Support
Official news organizations such as MSNBC, the Washington Post, and NPR have conducted several surveys, and consistently found that over 90% of consumers would prefer to have GM ingredients labeled. According to ABC News, “Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare.”
2. Right to Know, Need to Know
Long-term research has yet to be conducted on GMOs, and as such, they have not yet been proven harmless. A growing number of peer-reviewed analyses have linked GMOs to allergies, organ toxicity, and other health issues. However, in contrast to the rigorous safety evaluations mandatory for the sanction of new drugs, the Food and Drug Administration does not necessitate evaluations for genetically engineered foods. According to internal memos, the FDA’s own scientists articulated safety concerns that were overruled by FDA administrators.
3. No Cost to Consumers or Food Manufacturers
Companies often alter their labeling, and many other countries have already initiated GMO labeling without any increase in food prices.
4. Setting the Standard for Mandatory GMO labeling
The states are moving toward uniform federal regulations for GMO labeling. We cannot afford to wait for the federal government to take action. With 3 states previously having approved GMO labeling laws and more than half of the country deliberating, Massachusetts has the chance to send a message to Washington D.C.
5. Supporting the Free Market and Food Democracy
The free market is meant to accurately inform consumers about the products available, so that they can make educated choices. GMO labeling gives consumers information about the foods they purchase and allows them to make more informed decisions.
6. Alleviate Environmental Risks
The use of toxic pesticides has increased as super weeds and pests have become resistant to GMO-affiliated herbicides. GMO crops can easily pollute non-GMO crops, interfering with the consumer’s freedom to purchase non-GMO foods and threatening organic farming.
7. Support Local Agriculture
GMO labeling will enhance the value of local farms and farmers and encourage people to purchase locally grown produce, because it allows consumers to make their own educated decisions and will increase demand for non-GMO products.