Guerrilla Labeling Of GMO Foods

NoGMOWhen your government is so beholden to agribusiness that it won’t listen to overwhelming consumer demand for foods to be labeled if they contain genetically modified organisms, what do you do? Create your own labels and hit the supermarket! Amy Harmon and Andrew Pollack report for the New York Times:

Great Barrington, Mass. — On a recent sunny morning at the Big Y grocery here, Cynthia LaPier parked her cart in the cereal aisle. With a glance over her shoulder and a quick check of the ingredients, she plastered several boxes with hand-designed stickers from a roll in her purse. “Warning,” they read. “May Contain GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms).”

For more than a decade, almost all processed foods in the United States — cereals, snack foods, salad dressings — have contained ingredients from plants whose DNA was manipulated in a laboratory. Regulators and many scientists say these pose no danger. But as Americans ask more pointed questions about what they are eating, popular suspicions about the health and environmental effects of biotechnology are fueling a movement to require that food from genetically modified crops be labeled, if not eliminated.

Labeling bills have been proposed in more than a dozen states over the last year, and an appeal to the Food and Drug Administration last fall to mandate labels nationally drew more than a million signatures. There is an iPhone app: ShopNoGMO.

The most closely watched labeling effort is a proposed ballot initiative in California that cleared a crucial hurdle this month, setting the stage for a probable November vote that could influence not just food packaging but the future of American agriculture.

Tens of millions of dollars are expected to be spent on the election showdown. It pits consumer groups and the organic food industry, both of which support mandatory labeling, against more conventional farmers, agricultural biotechnology companies like Monsanto and many of the nation’s best-known food brands like Kellogg’s and Kraft…

[continues in the New York Times]


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7 Comments on "Guerrilla Labeling Of GMO Foods"

  1. Calypso_1 | May 25, 2012 at 10:30 am |

    Warning: Attempting to stop the flow of capital to licensed agri-commodity providers is an act of violence against the economic well-being of the nation and commercial terrorism against the food distribution system. 

  2. Established Poster | May 26, 2012 at 6:19 am |

    I am a hippie and I am afraid of what I don’t understand.  As an American I enjoy having so much food that I am eating myself to death.  As the rest of the world eats unsanitary foods with little selection or is starving, I complain about things with no scientific support.  The government is to blame!

    • I’m an idiot who has nothing to offer the world but snide comments on internet forums. I also enjoy pretending to have knowledge outside of my mothers basement but I can’t get my head around the fact there are other countries in the world that aren’t America, not that it matters because America is so superior and its government only works for the benefit of its people, despite evidence saying otherwise, but not knowing or trying to understand is easier for me because then I can surf the net trying to ridicule people by making generalised overviews of them. I still tell myself that America is great and everywhere else is a shit hole even though America is in a worse situation than most western countries, but I ignore that fact because it’s easier not to know.

  3. Alucard_the_last | May 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm |

    Isn’t the best marijuana GMO too?

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