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Forum Post: There's nothing stopping GMO Free labelling.

Posted 10 years ago on May 27, 2013, 2:30 a.m. EST by Builder (4202)
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After all the arguments about forcing food manufacturers to label products that are made with GMO ingredients, a friend showed me some bread loaves that simply have a little green tag identifying them as GMO free.

How easy was that, folks?

They don't want you to know? Just look for the little green label that tells you so.



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[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 10 years ago

Oops, it's also happening in America. Great idea, folks.

(quote) In June 2012, Nature’s Express, a restaurant in Berkeley, California became the first restaurant in North America to offer menu items verified by the Non‐GMO Project. In the press release, Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non‐GMO Project notes, “People have a right to know what they’re eating, whether dining in or eating out, most of us don’t want experimental genetically engineered ingredients. Now that Nature’s Express has Non‐GMO Project Verified menu items, Berkeley residents will be the first in the nation to have a reliable non‐GMO restaurant option.”(unquote)


[-] -3 points by DiegoSanchezAlfonso (-155) 10 years ago

This can't be done appropriately without proper regulations.

Some foods use many ingredients coming from different manufacturers. In such cases, it can be very difficult to identify ingredients containing GMO's if manufacturers aren't obliged to indicate it.

There's also the problem that some will be tempted to use non-GMO stickers even though they can't be sure some of the ingredients don't contain GMOs because they know the irrational fear people have for GMOs.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 10 years ago

The certification process for organic producers will come into play in this instance. No need to duplicate services. If any producer or manufacturer wants to display the GMO-Free tag on their products, they'll have to meet the criteria.

Which part of "the consumer is all-powerful" are you having issues with?

The way to hit corporations hard, is to expose the truth about their practises, and raise community/consumer awareness.

[-] 0 points by redandbluestripedpill (333) 10 years ago

Yes, "expose the truth about their practises, and raise community/consumer awareness."

If free speech was not abridged, this would have gotten the job done 30 years ago.

But yes, the tag and your point about consumer power is correct.

[-] -1 points by DiegoSanchezAlfonso (-155) 10 years ago

If this type of labeling is regulated and rigorous criteria needs to be met in order for "non GMO" labels to be affixed to products then there is no problem.

Which part of "the consumer is all-powerful" are you having issues with?

None really, except that many consumers in this area are simply misinformed about GMO's. We need to better educate people so they can judge science in proper ways, giving them the power to make educated decisions. There's just so much misinformation about GMO's.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 10 years ago

I hear what you're saying. I'm more concerned with the contraction of ownership of our food heritage, and where that is heading in the scope of limiting our biodiversity.

When a corporation attempts to deny farmers the right to choose what they want to grow, that stinks of fascism, for starters, and that's the kind of stigma that a company will have trouble fobbing off with phony advertising.

The onus is actually on the producers of GM anything to show that it is safe.

That's the way our food laws used to operate. Unfortunately, with bribes and lobbying corrupting the political process, it's now up to the consumer to make informed choices.

[-] 1 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 10 years ago

perhaps removing this choice is the purpose of the trend in 'austerity' that is going around, after all, a person with no money must accept what is offered or starve, not make informed choices.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 10 years ago

Yes. These game-playing control freaks have been scheming and plotting for quite some decades now, and undoubtedly their plans are multi-facetted. The BIG dumbing down, and general propagandising in the media being a major component of their agenda.

What we can do, as a counter to the austerity BS, is keep pointing to the fed res printing off 16 trillion U.S. to bail out their friends, and the estimated 25 trillion sitting in offshore tax havens.

A person ( or rather, millions of us together) don't have to accept anything. The starving become desperate, and dangerous, and if they think rounding us up and incarcerating us all, means they win the game, then I see dark times ahead for them, and us.