January 10, 2015

THE WAR ON SCIENCE:

GM food: time to devour the benefits (Neil Ross, 9 JANUARY 2015, spiked)
 
One of spiked's people of the year for 2014 was Kenya's Florence Wambugu, a pioneering and tireless supporter of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and biotechnology in food production in the developing world. Sadly, support for GMOs is singularly lacking in the developed world.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the battle currently being waged over GMOs in a courthouse in the US state of Vermont. In this case, federal judge Christina Reiss is deciding whether or not to dismiss the state's mandatory labelling laws for GM food, which are due to be introduced in 2016. The first question she must consider is whether consumers should be made aware that the food they are eating 'may be produced with genetic engineering'.

Labelling advocates say it is necessary to provide information, but this is disingenuous. The underlying goal of this legislation is to cast 'evil' GM foods aside in favour of 'natural' products. If the labelling law goes ahead, it would amount to the stamping of GM-food packaging with a suggestive warning label. It would imply that GM foods are unsafe.

Under the proposed law, producers and manufacturers of GM foods won't be able to label their food as 'natural'. But what is a 'natural' food? As Reiss wryly observed, 'I can't imagine any food that doesn't have human intervention'. 

Indeed, given evolution, just require that food be so labelled.

Posted by at January 10, 2015 8:57 AM
  

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