Label Me!

by Veronica Flores, Comparative Studies and Spanish double major

To label genetically modified organisms  (GMOs) or to not label GMOs, that is the question. In recent news there has been an increase in the push for the labeling of genetically modified products. While many say that labeling these products is nothing but a waste of money others say that Americans have the right to know what is in their food! Others say that labeling will deter costumers from buying the food.

In my opinion refusing to label is admitting they are hiding something. Or can it be that perhaps everything now is genetically modified and labeling will only expose this truth? Americans have the right to know what is in their food and labeling the products is the only way to do that. Labeling will give Americans the option to choose whether or not they want to consume genetically modified products.

More importantly, labeling products can lead to the answer to the following question,“Do GMOs cause health problems?” The reason this question remains unanswered is because by not labeling products there is no way to trace health issues with GMOs. This is why labeling is important. In order to trace the effects of GMOs and give people the right to know what they are eating, food products must be labeled.

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This blog post was an assignment for  Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor

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