General Mills CEO wants national answer to genetic ingredient labeling

  • Article by: Mike Hughlett , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 24, 2013 - 9:08 PM

Ken Powell touted a federal standard on ingredient labeling.

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hughakstonSep. 25, 13 9:08 AM

Consumers need to start taking a harder stance on Genetically Modified foods. Proper labeling is essential. People have the right to know what it is they are consuming! Look at the animal kingdom and see what's happening there; insects populations, frogs & toads, etc. In human populations young girls are reaching puberty at younger ages than normal and boys seem to be becoming a bit feminized; they've been raised on GMO foods since conception in the womb! In another generation or so are we going to have a population that is flaccid, overweight and riddled with tumors? One concern; that companies like Gen Mills, et al will control how politicians write the laws and regs for this, tailoring to their desires. Aka, Regulatory Capture. Scary.

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K-LinoSep. 25, 1310:41 AM

To hughakston: You seem to have a little different agenda than labelling genetically modified food. Your moral/religious comments perhaps belong into a different category. I also support labelling genetically modified foods. We do have a right to know what's in the food we are consuming. Unfortunately you are correct with your assumption that by the time this will become a law, it will have been watered down by politicians who count big food business and chemical industries as their best friends.

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unionsrockSep. 25, 1311:06 AM

I support labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. There is no reason not to. The planting of genetically modified crops are a huge part of the degradation of our natural environment and water quality.

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hughakstonSep. 25, 1312:37 PM

K-Lino Sep. 25, 13 10:41 AM - The production of GM foods has the potential to do long-term and permanent damage to the ecology and to people who consume them. This kind of potential damage could take generations to overcome.

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jaw99Sep. 25, 13 1:24 PM

gmo foods are sprayed with roundup. Round up is an antibiotic, meaning it kills gut bacteria. It is also appears that is a mineral chealator, meaning it would not allow your body to use vital minerals. I want gmo labeling because I believemits not safe,but also so I know if im eating roundup.

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acctsah2Sep. 25, 13 2:00 PM

"Plenty of research has documented the safety of genetically engineered ingredients..." --- I wonder who conducted that research, not the food industry, right? hughakston is correct in stating the actual research that is coming out is scary. GMO foods are not healthy to eat, but the food industry has plenty of money to buy plenty of politicians. And it is not just one party, it's both.

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rmtreziokSep. 26, 1310:45 AM

People have the right to make an informed decision. Its as simple as that. And its very disturbing how great the lengths are that some companies will go to to, how much money was spent to defet California's bill? Would have been nice if they maybe reduced the cost of their products and simply stated what they are ,or are not, made of. Too often scientist will revise what they beleive to be true about commonly heald beliefs. So being told something is "safe" by a CEO is NOT comforting to me nor do I buy it. Unfortunately chances are it won't be this generation that will reap the genetic impact of what we're eating. Give it a generation or two and see what your great grand kids get to deal with. You are what you eat right?

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