QWhy does Monsanto resist the right of consumers to know what they are eating through GMO labeling.

Why does Monsanto resist the right of consumers to know what they are eating through GMO labeling.

AExpert Answer

As a mom and a dietitian, I use labels regularly to help me make healthful food choices for my family and to help others make food decisions that correspond with their health goals.  The food label is an important and trusted tool that highlights both nutrition and safety information for consumers; in addition, the label can also convey other information, including how certain foods or ingredients were grown.

 

At Monsanto, we have always supported voluntary food labeling. We believe food companies and retailers should be able to provide the information they believe interests their customers – as long as it is truthful and not misleading. Today, hundreds of products labeled organic or certified non-GM are available for consumers who prefer these products. This approach provides choices for every consumer, making it easy to find specific products like organic and non-GM.  

 

We have opposed labeling initiatives that are misleading consumers about the safety of GM foods.  Proponents of these initiatives have admitted that their goal is not just to require a label on such foods, but to ultimately ban these foods altogether.  We take seriously the stated goal of some mandatory labeling proponents to eliminate all biotech-improved crops from the market and deprive our farmer customers of choice and beneficial farming practices. These proponents are waging a campaign of fear tactics and misinformation about the safety and benefits of these crops. While we respect that some people may choose to avoid GM ingredients, it is wrong to mislead and scare people about the safety of their food choices.

Posted on August 15, 2017
No! However, poor nutrition coupled with highly processed foods and a lack of education regarding healthy eating is bad for our kids. As a mother and farmer, I believe the best way to keep my family safe and healthy is to make sure they eat a balanced diet and make good food choices daily. Fresh, healthy ingredients and minimally processed foods that are low in sugar, salt, calories and cholesterol provide kids with the best opportunity for a healthy diet. Agricultural biotechnology... Read More
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Posted on February 9, 2017
A species is defined by the ability to reproduce viable offspring, so any two plants within a species generally have the potential to cross pollinate. Like any good successful mating, it requires the union of male and female contributions at the right time, same place. So absolutely, GE crops have the potential to cross with non-GE crops of the same species—if they manage to get it on through time and space.    So the rules that apply to dogs and teenagers also apply to... Read More
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Posted on March 2, 2017
Here is a set of slides prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) that discusses the sketch approval process. As the slides indicate, there are four categories of labels that require prior sketch approval: temporary labels, religious exemption, exports with labeling deviations, and special statements and claims. In the situation raised by your question, it is the last category (special statements and claims) that would... Read More
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