Don't swallow junk science in modified food debate

  • Article by: James Greiff , Bloomberg News.
  • Updated: December 13, 2013 - 11:43 AM

Foes of GM foods have no good evidence for their fears. But bad evidence they can manage.

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copper88Dec. 13, 1312:09 PM

I really don't see the problem with labeling food to indicate if it is GMO or not. If GMO's are so safe, why can't consumers make their own choices? Isn't that a cornerstone of our economic system?

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davehougDec. 13, 1312:26 PM

To go from poster-boy of GM = bad to inconclusive speaks volumes. Sad to say, for both global warming and GM crops decisions have been made by many based on emotion and not verifiable facts.

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jmcdonalDec. 13, 1312:32 PM

This kind of labeling is a slippery slope and would unnecessarily increase food costs to consumers. Next we'll need to label the type of fertilizer, insecticide, and cultivation technology used. Maintain the meta data of food crops will become onerous.

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elind56Dec. 13, 1312:47 PM

Interesting that so many have been caught up in the Genetically-Modified-Food hysteria even though there's never been one shred of proof that those crops are anything but nutritious and wholesome. Fact is, we've been changing the genetics of what we grow for tens of thousands of years through all manner of artificial selection and hybridizing. Scientists just found a way to speed up the process.

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FrankLDec. 13, 1312:50 PM

copper88, i would agree with you if the product can be tested for compliance. That's the problem, there is no good test in many cases to tell if the ingredient is of GMO variety or not.

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acctsah2Dec. 13, 1312:51 PM

"This kind of labeling is a slippery slope and would unnecessarily increase food costs to consumers." --- How much will it cost to add "GMO" to a label?

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smeeagain2Dec. 13, 1312:53 PM

"Junk science" is what is being put out by the unregulated and unverified "studies" produced by the companies that are profiting from poisoning our food supply.

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rlundl02Dec. 13, 13 1:03 PM

Has anyone ever found anything harmful in GMO food? Making money for Monsanto doesn't count. I'm not surprised at these refuted studies from Europe. Science is so politicized these days that it's hard to believe much of it. But I'm guess Europe is looking to lock the U.S. out of the food market to developing countries and GMO suspicion is a good way to do it. Sad part is, apparently many of the these GMO crops are superior producers and disease and pest resistant. Could really help developing countries.

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luzhishenDec. 13, 13 1:10 PM

Has anyone ever found anything harmful in GMO food? Making money for Monsanto doesn't count. - It does count if it results in a corporate-controlled monoculture. Diversity of food crop types is desirable, as we seem to face new pests and crop diseases all the time. A bad corporate decision shouldn't result in famine.

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arspartzDec. 13, 13 1:17 PM

Why not just label the foods that are NOT GMO? You get the info you want and theree isn't a perceived skull and crosbones on other products.

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