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Why are GMO companies against labeling GMO foods? -- Submitted as Part of GMO Answers' Top Consumer Questions Survey --

A:Expert Answer

Could I begin by describing the labeling we support? When it comes to safeguarding your health and nutrition, we support the mandatory labeling of food, including GM food, if it raises a safety or health concern, for example, to alert sensitive populations to the potential presence of an allergen. We also support mandatory labeling of GM food if there is a change to the food’s composition, nutritional profile, taste or smell, or any other characteristic that would make it different from its conventional counterpart.


But we cannot support the mandatory labeling of GM food just because the food in the market was produced using genetic engineering, for example, in wine, yogurt or bread made with GM yeast, vegetable oil made from GM soybeans, or cereal sweetened with GM sugar. These foods are as safe and nutritious as their non-GMO counterparts as determined by recognized authorities around the world including the American Medical Association, the US National Academy of Science, the World Health Organization and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Their safety has also been affirmed globally by food safety regulatory authorities including in the European Union, which comes as a surprise to some who mistakenly believe that GMOs are banned by the European Union. Why then, should GM foods deserve a special label?


Some of those promoting mandatory labeling of GM foods want to use it as warning to consumers not to buy such foods. I’ve heard a variety of reasons including to increase market share for non GM foods, to make a stand against large agricultural companies, and to oppose current US agricultural policies. For those who just want to know how their food is grown, we absolutely support the right to know. It’s one of the reasons we created the GMO Answers initiative in 2013 and why we support companies’ right to make voluntary marketing claims about the presence or absence of GMOs promote and differentiate their products. For those who want to avoid GMOs, they can look for the USDA Certified Organic or a non-GMO label.


lydianeusa's picture

It is obvious that companies producing GMO food are afraid that people won't buy as much GMO food once it is labeled and they know it is a GMO food. The reason why it is not labeled is because of greed and profit reasons for the companies producing GMO. The number of people with gluten intolerance have increased tremendously at the same time than the GMO food has been consumed in the US. Roundup crosses the placenta and has beeb found in the embryo, the effects of the pesticide is not known for the embryo development. It should be obligatory to label the GMO food so pregnant women could have a safe approach toward their future babies. Many studies have linked GMO food and cancer, that is the #2 cause of death in the US and the cause is unknown. People are right to be scared of GMO. The government is getting money from the companies producing GMO, the government is corrupted and has a very high financial interest in protecting the GMO producing companies. The government does not care about people's safety, nutritionists know that the government is poisoning us for profit, the government only cares about how much money they can make from companies.
How come 300 toxic chemicals are FDA approved in our food but not in other countries?
How come roundup was tested only for 3 months in rats? It should be tested for long term effects since we are eating it for years and so, can (and certainly do) have long term effects.
The government is poisoning us for profit, shame on you!