GMO Labeling

KnowWhatsRightFlier_thumbBefore you ask for the “right to know,” know what’s right.

GMO IS SAFE
“Every major scientific body and regulatory agency in the world has reviewed the research about GMOs and openly declared crop biotechnology and the foods currently available for sale to be safe.”
-Genetic Literacy Project

LABELS EXIST
There is already a voluntary non-GMO label that is useful to those who avoid GMO foods. In fact, it is very similar to the Vegan label, which is also voluntary and helps consumers identify foods that suit their preferences. The voluntary labeling system works.

GMO CAN BENEFIT VEGANS
Genetic modification is an innovative tool that can help vegans get better animal-free options. We need every possible tool at our disposal while animals suffer.

GMO INFORMATION IS GOOD
The more good, comprehensive, information the better! Think critically, look to the consensus of scientific experts.

LINKS:
GMO Labeling | Skeptical Vegan
Labeling. What is Kosher for a food community? | Biology Fortified, Inc.
The Right to Know What I’m Eating | The Food Ethics Blog
How To Do GMO Food Labeling Right | Biology Fortified, Inc
Should Companies Label Genetically Modified Foods? | The Food Ethics Blog
Labels for GMO Foods Are a Bad Idea | Scientific American
Mandatory Labeling Of Genetically Engineered Foods Deserves A Warning Label Of Its Own | Forbes
APS Position Statement on the Compulsory Labeling of Plants and Plant Products Derived from Biotechnology | American Phytopathological Society
Genetic Literacy Project Infographic: Is Labeling GMOs Really About Our “Right to Know”? | Forbes
GMO Labeling, I-522, and Why This Debate Sucks for Progressive Scientists Like Me | Food Matters, Scientific American Blog Network
Voluntary labeling is a better solution, costs nothing | ptleader.com: Perspectives
Full Disclosure: For Me the Burden of Proof Is On Those Who Argue for Government Regulation | Don Boudreaux
The Costs of GMO Labeling | The Foodie Farmer
A Right to Know, An Invitation to Know Less | Illumination
Storify: The first step is to change our labeling laws.”GMO labels. The purpose is…? | mem_somerville · Storify
Food scientist Bruce Chassy: Although some GMO sympathizers embrace labeling, it’s a disaster in waiting | Genetic Literacy Project
(GMO) Labeling the Harvest | Nebraska Wheatie

18 thoughts on “GMO Labeling

  • My vegan friends are thoughtful people particularly concerned with what food they ingest and aren’t automatons who respond to pro-GMO talking points. Most of the GMO corn and soy currently used in processed foods (e.g., check out the GMO ingredients in Boca Burgers) are genetically modified to resist applications of Roundup herbicide, leaving high levels of Roundup residues on the harvested crop. A number of studies show that Roundup residues and GMO crops both create serious digestive and reproductive disorders. If you are in fact rational, you’ll look at the following well-documented report that debunks pro-GMO myths like those outlined above:

    http://www.earthopensource.org/index.php/executive-summary

  • I object to both the extensive use of glyphosate and GMO crops on safety and environmental grounds. The report I mentioned above is long, so it’s clear you didn’t read it or any of the hundreds of peer-reviewed studies it cites. I’m not going to waste my time arguing with a pro-GMO ideologue. If you want to eat a vegan diet rich in GMO soy and corn with high levels of glyphosate contamination, go right ahead…you’ll be a part of the ongoing human feeding experiment. I learned from my vegan friends that serious digestive problems I was experiencing were likely related to the extensive use of GMO soy and corn ingredients in some of the processed foods I was consuming. I stopped eating food with GMO ingredients altogether. As a result, all of my symptoms rapidly disappeared and have not returned.

  • Glyphosate is a rather benign herbicide actually and helps the environment. But this particular trait is just one implementation of recombinant DNA technology. If this were the crux of your concerns we could simply do away with this particular trait but I suspect this would not be the case for you. Are all GMOs bad in your opinion?

    On safety of GMO in general the consensus is quite clear.

    I’m familiar with the report you mentioned. It is indeed quite long but that doesn’t lend it merit. It is not a scientific peer-reviewed study but an anti-GMO advocacy piece with a thin scientific veneer. One of the authors, John Fagan, well, see for yourself.

    I’m glad for your permission to eat GMOs myself. I would further ask then, that you then keep your hands off of my choice to do so and not burden me with labels.

    I can’t speak to your experiences with GMO soy or corn but you should really see a doctor to get to the root of that problem. It could very well be something other than GMO foods. The same thing happens with raw food, with gluten, with other restrictive diets that confuse the correlation with causation. As Richard Feynman said: “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”

    • “Glyphosate is a rather benign herbicide actually and helps the environment” – what a complete joke, do you actually expect to be taken seriously, glysophate is highly toxic both for us and the environment, it even says so on the packet

      • Don’t waste your time on these pro-GMO wingnuts, Ray… If they really are committed to eating a GMO vegan diet, they’ll be soon realize the error of their ways…and if they stop soon enough, they might even recover their health… Farmers who feed their pigs meal from GMO corn and soy (which also has ever-higher glyphostate residues) not only report serious digestive and reproductive issues in the 7-8 months prior to slaughter, but also consistently indicate that the pigs develop nasty tempers and fight a lot. I’d say the symptoms are already starting to show up in our mean-tempered GMO vegans, and it’s only going to get worse…

  • As I said previously, you’re an ideologue and not worth arguing with. As I understand it, labeling GMO food would really be a great convenience for you…you could make sure that you are eating only GMO foods…and not make it a hit or miss matter. Oh…by the way, I had stopped eating wheat at the onset of my digestive problems with little improvement. Then I saw a number of doctors who couldn’t diagnose my symptoms. By doing an elimination diet suggested by vegan friends, I determined that my symptoms vanished when I stopped eating gluten-free baked goods (from Whole Foods) that had GMO corn and soy as primary ingredients. More recently I visited an allergist friend who confirmed what I already knew. Through allergy testing he determined that I have a strong inflammatory reaction to new and novel proteins found in GMO soy and corn but not present in non-GMO corn and soy (so much for the theory of substantive equivalence). He told me that over the past five years he has seen a sharp rise in this type of GMO food sensitivity among his patients, similar to wheat sensitivity but with much more pronounced symptoms. You can dismiss my experience, but hopefully not your own. If you are actually consuming a GMO vegan diet as you claim, it will likely take a few years to develop a reaction to GMO foods,. But be assured that you’ll know it when it happens because it begins with low-level but persistent indigestion after eating GMO foods and then intensifies in ways that can’t be ignored (hint: google “leaky gut syndrome”)…

  • It’s easier to dismiss me if you paint me as an “ideologue” when it is you who fail to adjust views or present any evidence for your multiple fallacious claims. Who’s the ideologue here then?

    You misunderstand about labels. I would rather food be safe, inexpensive and safe for then environment as the default, no labels needed. Ideological labels like Organic, vegan and kosher are voluntary and should remain so. Makes it easier for me to avoid Organic foods too, which are not vegan and worse for the environment. Still you won’t see me forcing those labels upon somebody else.

    And here I thought it was Organic foods causing the illnesses since that is also on the rise. Your friend is going to be rich and famous when he brings the compelling evidence that overturns the broad scientific consensus that sides on GMO safety! Any scientist who can do that will win a Nobel Prize! What’s your friends name so I can watch for the news when it breaks?

  • how does a vegan feel about the fact that the GMO industry is primarily focused with feeding the meat factories while causing desolation to nature causing the suffering and ecolocide of thousands of species the world over, the only real solutions are the ones that are proven in field studies, the ones that support agricultural communities, the ones that help animal welfare, they are organic and permaculture, GMO fails the field tests, fails farming communities, fails raised animals and massacres nature, that is reality, GMO isn’t rationality, it’s cupidity