by Grace Dannemiller, Agribusiness and Applied Economics major
What is a GMO?
A GMO is a Genetically Modified Organism. This means that is where genetic material from one species is put in another organism such as a plant or animal. The ingredients can be found in corn, soybean, cotton and other products.
Should GMO Ingredient products be labeled?
-When it comes to labeling there are very different feels on the subject. The people who support GMOs say that it will increase cost, affect profits, and make GMO products fight for space on shelves.
-On the other hand, consumers that are Anti-GMO say they want to know what’s in their food, they have not being proven safe, and consumers should be able to make their own choices. I personally think that labeling of these products could lead to an eradication of GMO foods just like it is in Europe.
What are the current laws being implemented?
-A bill was passed in congress and signed by the President this summer concerning GMO Labeling. The bill requires labeling of foods that have been genetically modified in the DNA and also where the modification could not be done though conventional breeding.
-This means for producers that they are required to label their foods if they meet the above requirements with a QR code or simple text on the package. I think this is a good middle of labeling the foods for health conscientious consumers and producers.
For more information on the topic please feel free to visit the following websites:
civileats.com > Congress Passed a New GMO Labeling Bill. How Will it Work?
Center for Food Safety > About Genetically Modified Foods
My name is Grace Dannemiller and I am a Junior at The Ohio State University majoring in Agribusiness and Applied Economics. I am currently interested in pursing a career in Agriculture sales and marketing.
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.