The following information is a Web Extra from the pages of Farm Journal. It corresponds with the article "The Trait Debate." You can find the article in Farm Journal's 2013 Seed Guide.
Farmers Say 'No' to Labeling GMOs
A recent Farm Journal Pulse poll found that most farmers think that labeling foods made from genetically modified crops is unnecessary.
Love them or hate them, one this is for certain: GMOs have easily become one of the most divisive topics in the world of food production.
Recent consumer backlash against genetically modified crops has caused lawmakers to consider mandatory labels on foods containing GMOs. The U.S. Senate voted down a farm bill amendment that would have required GMO food labels, but Connecticut and Maine have passed statewide GMO-labeling laws, and others may soon follow suit.
Consumers have made their voices heard regarding GMOs. So where does that leave farmers and others in the ag industry?
According to a recent Farm Journal Pulse, most farmers disagree with consumers. In fact, 65% of respondents said GMO foods should not be labeled.
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"This is a case where government interventions could actually do more harm than good," says Matt Bogard, an ag economist at Western Kentucky University and an AgWeb blogger. He argues that biotech crops could actually reduce consumer health risks by limiting exposure to pesticides.
"Labels help consumers concerned about fat and sodium make healthy choices," he says. "However, sensational 'GMO' labels could be misguiding and lead consumers to actually make choices that are either worse for them, the health of producers or the environment."
For More Information
Here are some other stories that look at the GM-food labeling issue:
Is Organic Agriculture 'Affluent Narcissism?
As can be seen from the popularity of rip-off artists like Whole Foods markets, organic foods are popular. The U.S. market for organic produce alone was $12.4 billion last year.
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- Seed Guide 2013