Editorial: Clarity in food labeling warranted

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD
  • Updated: September 17, 2012 - 8:26 PM

The time has come to allow labeling of GMO foods.

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debbiedownerSep. 18, 12 7:03 AM

Kind of late for this nonsense. We would be better off if the foods that were not modified were labeled.

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gandalf48Sep. 18, 12 9:25 AM

Honestly I just don't care, if the FDA testing finds that these products are not harmful I could care less if they are labelled as GMO or not.

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marathongirlSep. 18, 1210:32 AM

"gandalf48 - Honestly I just don't care, if the FDA testing finds that these products are not harmful I could care less if they are labelled as GMO or not." -- That complacency is the problem. If you trust the FDA, a politically motivated department, then you are a fool and aren't paying attention. The FDA allowed transfats into the food system and look what they now know about it. No one knows what could be part of these GMO foods, all I know is I'd like food that I eat to be just food. Not a seed that was bred with pesticides to be pesticide resistant, and part of something that is creating super bugs that are resistant to it as well...while our obesity rates, cancer rates, and other chronic illness rates continue to go up...hmm...why is that...couldn't be that our food is garbage now and we aren't getting the nutrients we need to ward off things anymore could it? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, all I know is I should have the right to know what is in my food...all that is in it, including if it is genetically modified, pink slime, transfats or anything else.

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marathongirlSep. 18, 1210:34 AM

This should be a no brainer. More information, not less. Let the people decide. Label it GMO doesn't mean some people won't buy it, just gives the rest of an informed option to purchase or not. Same with transfats, they should be labeled even in trace amounts. Pink slime, keep it in the food, just label that it has it. And restaurants providing the nutritional information on their meals as well, just like they do in the grocery store. It just allows people to make informed decisions. Don't care, then go ahead and buy whatever, but some of us DO care about our health and want the option to make the informed decisions.

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elind56Sep. 18, 1211:12 AM

marathongirl said: "all I know is I should have the right to know what is in my food"-------------------------------You really don't want to know. Even the finest, organically produced foods have all kinds of stuff in them...cyanide, dioxin, arsenic...the list goes on and on.

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betty99Sep. 18, 1212:18 PM

Any organization such as the FDA, which labels tomato paste as a vegatable when it comes to student lunches, can't be trusted

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marathongirlSep. 18, 12 2:09 PM

betty99 - so agree with you but the FDA only agreed to change and name it as a vegetable because our house and senate agreed to it. All of MNs reps voted for it except 2 if I recall right...Franken and Klobacher both were a yes vote...both get money from food companies...as did others that voted for it. Awesome huh?

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marathongirlSep. 18, 12 2:11 PM

elind56 - true, most likely, but at least I can see it and make an informed choice. Maybe I can at least choose the less toxic of a couple of options. We should make all of our legislators eat the same food as served in cafeterias daily and see what they think of the food they think is OK to serve the kids and the rest of us.

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owatonnabillSep. 19, 12 6:36 AM

I don't have a problem with information. I DO have a problem with government mandating certain information about a product so that consumers can make an "informed decision" while the jury is still out on whether that product or ingredient is even detrimental in any way at all, the reason being that mandating stuff like that increases government and costs money. We as a society are occupied to a fault about what is in our food: I grew up eating things like blood sausage and headcheese produced from ingredients and in ways that would have horrified your average FDA inspector, and you haven't lived until you've spit lead BB's from a grouse or rabbit onto your plate. Owatonnabill at age 64 is healthy as a horse and food labeling one way or the other has never been something of concern.

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farmeretteSep. 19, 1210:19 AM

I must agree wholeheartedly with Gandalf and Owatonna Bill. I don't worry about whether my food has been genetically modified or if it is organic or whatever. Grow your own food if you are so concerned. The objections to pesticides, herbicides, genetic modification, "chemicals" in shampoos, electric power lines, plastics, microwave radiation and so on border on mass hysteria.

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