Genetically engineered food: Put a label on it?

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 24, 2013 - 8:58 AM

As California votes on labeling genetically engineered food, the implications are huge for Minnesota's food industry.

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getcrazyOct. 27, 12 6:22 PM

"The food industry says labeling would be costly"---Like how? Most grocery items already have labels. I'm not sure how it's going to be really expensive when the boxes and wrappers are already going through the printing press. Are they talking about produce? So, put a sticker on it. Most produce already has stickers anyway. Make them bigger.

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dforbortOct. 27, 1210:18 PM

Label it! The customer has the right to know and the right to choose.

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ryandhOct. 27, 1211:12 PM

And people wonder why the increases in obesity, asthma, allergies, auto immune diseases, autism spectrum disorders, cancers and inflammation related illnesses are on the rise? The FDA is not helping us out on this. Money talks. I am a politically conservative person, but this is one area where government needs to be looking out for the folks.

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localguyOct. 28, 12 7:41 AM

All food has been genetically engineered. None of those specie are natural. The old fashion method was plant breeding, which exchanged hundreds of genes with unknown consequences. Modern methods are a lot less disruptive, inserting just one or two genes. Modern foods are healthier because they require less treatment with herbicides and pesticides. And the modern methods have been in use for 20 years. If they posed a health hazard, it would have come to light by now. Organic farmers are using irrational scare tactics to try to gain an economic advantage.

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duckofdeathOct. 28, 12 8:17 AM

What does it mean when a food is genetically altered? It means the natural food has been changed at the molecular level to enhance or eliminate certain characteristics to improve yield, insect and disease resistence, shelf-life, appearance, etc. How is this accomplished? There are two ways to genetically alter food. One is by the introduction of a virus. This method is rarely used because viruses mutate quickly making it hard to control a consistant product. The other method is to use bacteria. This is an easier modification with more consistant results. The most common bacteria used in this modification process is E-coli, because it is easy to manipulate, plentiful, and cheap, and the results so far have been positive. Though E-coli can be used in what so far has been a safe way, don't you as a consumer want to know when poop bacteria has been introduced into your food?

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jbpaperOct. 28, 12 8:43 AM

Why do we continue to let California, arguably the most screwed up state in the country, dictate how the rest of us live?

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luxaeternaOct. 28, 12 8:53 AM

Just label it, otherwise it looks like they're hiding something.

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calyx1Oct. 28, 12 9:16 AM

"All food has been genetically engineered." This isn't true. It is the line industry wants people to believe, trying to confuse hybridization with genetic engineering to mislead the public. I've also heard the variation, 'All plants are genetically modified.' Yes genetically engineered/modified products should be labeled. I understand the threat to industry if people started asking questions about the technology, process, and utter lack of health safety studies. The article only mentions the cost to producers and manufacturers, not a word about the potential health cost to consumers of the products.

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webfootOct. 28, 12 9:38 AM

@ryandh: You are SPOT ON.

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beegusOct. 28, 1210:00 AM

Once again, General Mills is against the public's knowing what goes into their food. They have been feeding overly sugared food to three generations of kids and making them fatter and fatter. Now they don't want us to know what has been done to the food they sell us.

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