GMO Labeling Battle

The debate over labeling genetically modified foods continues to heat up. Activist groups like Food Democracy Now are fighting back against corporate food giants like Monsanto in the United States Congress. Titans of the food industry, such as Monsanto and General Mills, have long been opposed to the labeling of genetically modified food (GMOs). Efforts in Congress to require the labeling of genetically modified foods have long been struck down. “About 90 percent of commodity crops used in the nation’s food supply, including soybeans, sugar beets, and feed corn, are genetically engineered. They are known as genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The food industry resists labeling them out of concern that naming the presence of GMOs creates fear over food safety while it informs.” The FDA has deemed GMOs to be safe for human consumption. However, about 9 out of 10 Americans approve of labeling genetically modified foods, which explains the recent push for reform in Congress. We can most likely expect to see changes in legislation if consumer preferences continue to stay strong. “It’s a sign of the power of the growing grassroots movement, and a reminder that in America, the consumer is king.”