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Sunday, May 13, 2018

The United States Department of Agriculture has proposed new guidelines for labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Food makers will be required by federal law to use the labels, starting in 2020. The safety of genetically modified ingredients, widely known as G.M.O.s, remains a source of anxiety for some Americans despite the scientific studies that say they pose no health threat. Many food makers now voluntarily place "No G.M.O.'' labels on their products as a marketing tactic. ... Instead of the commonly used but somewhat stigmatized terms "G.M.O.'' and "genetically engineered," the guidelines propose labels that say "bioengineered" or "BE." Food makers would be given a choice of three disclosure methods: spelling out the information, as in "contains a bioengineered food ingredient"; using a standard icon (the agency proposed several evoking sun and smiles); or affixing a QR code that directs consumers to a website with more information.

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Good, GMO should be labeled.

#1 | Posted by Crassus at 2018-05-14 12:18 AM | Reply

despite the scientific studies that say they pose no health threat... especially when they are ingested with Vodka and Prozac...

#2 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2018-05-14 03:09 AM | Reply

Here's a free clue: with little exception, all of the vegetables, fruits and grains we eat today are genetically modified. The processes were different and more time consuming, but the end result was the same: desirable traits were retained and undesirable traits were discarded.

#3 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2018-05-14 08:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I always like the term "Franken Foods". Generates a nice mental picture of Franken Berry chompin on sumthing.... sayin....

"See our GMO lab tests show no ill effects...""

Seriously, waiting for the late nite commercials for lawyers calling for clients harmed by GMO foods.

...Just like all the other "safe" drugs approved by the FDA...

#4 | Posted by Pegasus at 2018-05-14 09:24 AM | Reply

Here's a free clue: with little exception, all of the vegetables, fruits and grains we eat today are genetically modified

Then every piece of produce will have a GMO label on it. Something tells me it's a little more nuanced than that.

#5 | Posted by JOE at 2018-05-14 10:56 AM | Reply

#3

It's. not that simple. First, GMO will have to be specifically defined. Grafting and crossing varieties is not the same as developing grains that are resistant to herbicides or grains that kill insects that try to eat them.

#6 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2018-05-14 01:37 PM | Reply

Much ado about nothing.

But it's the FDA's job to let people know what's in their food so this isn't a surprise to me.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2018-05-14 01:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6 yes I would guess that when they say GMO they mean strains engineered using molecular biological techniques and procedures, not simply cross pollinating or strain selection techniques of old.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2018-05-14 01:40 PM | Reply

Are they going to start labeling GMO Humans soon, too?

I like to know if I am dating a mutant.

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-14 01:41 PM | Reply

Ironically its more the older generation that is worried about this. The younger generation just accepts it and has little issue with GMOs.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-14 01:46 PM | Reply

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"Here's a free clue: with little exception, all of the vegetables, fruits and grains we eat today are genetically modified."

That's not what GMO means, and you know it.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-14 01:48 PM | Reply

Ironically its more the older generation that is worried about this.

#10 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT AT 2018-05-14 01:46 PM | REPLY

It's not ironic. The science supports GMOs, and science is scary.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-05-14 08:32 PM | Reply

To say "the science supports GMO" is missing the actual business value of GMO.

The business case for GMO is to suborn agricultural production to and intellectual property licensing scheme.

The raw ingredients that go into the foods you eat will be licensed from a gene modification patent holder.

This is how GMO makes money.
Not by making better food.
By making food that can be claimed as intellectual property.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-14 08:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The younger generation just accepts it and has little issue with GMOs.

I can tell you dont live in an urban area.

#14 | Posted by JOE at 2018-05-14 08:41 PM | Reply

People who parrot "GMOs are Safe!" like Sitz here are stalking horses for the IP strictures I mentioned.

And that's just the way it is.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-14 08:45 PM | Reply

#13
See Supreme Court cases like Bowman v Monsanto for an example of GMO IP rights in action.

#16 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-05-14 08:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A lot of the products I buy are more than happy to tell you:

No GMO's
No gluten
No BPA's

I kinda look for that.

#17 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-05-14 08:59 PM | Reply

The raw ingredients that go into the foods you eat will be licensed from a gene modification patent holder.
This is how GMO makes money.
Not by making better food.
By making food that can be claimed as intellectual property.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-14 08:37 PM |

Yup thats how it is, ain't capitalism grand!

#18 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-05-15 12:33 AM | Reply

#13 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2018-05-14 08:37 PM | FLAG:

I like how you make an arbitrary claim of "better" to attack sound science by turning it into an attack on IP based business.

Oh god, people protect their investments, the world is coming to an end! DOWN WITH CAPITALISM!

In the mean time, Golden Rice, a GMO product, is saving 670,000 children under 5 each year.

#19 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-05-15 09:42 AM | Reply

So? Big deal. Label all foods. Label their place of origin too. We already label/code organic. What's the big deal? Yeah, those few pennies to print and affix labels (when labels of various kinds are already affixed and they could just change the label): such an economy-killer.

#20 | Posted by pragmatist at 2018-05-15 09:52 AM | Reply

"I like how you make an arbitrary claim of "better" to attack sound science by turning it into an attack on IP based business.
Oh god, people protect their investments, the world is coming to an end! DOWN WITH CAPITALISM!
In the mean time, Golden Rice, a GMO product, is saving 670,000 children under 5 each year."

See Supreme Court cases like Bowman v Monsanto for an example of GMO IP rights in action.
#16 | POSTED BY HAGBARD_CELINE AT 2018-05-14 08:47 PM

#21 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-05-15 10:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's how the law is supposed to work. He signed a purchase contract. He violated it.

#22 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-05-15 01:51 PM | Reply

"sound science"

Is that what you're calling "settled science" now?

There's no business case for GMO that can be made without IP law.

So, stop trying to make one.

It's dishonest, and disingenuous, and it's why I called you a stalking horse earlier, because you are.

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-16 03:17 AM | Reply

"Oh god, people protect their investments, the world is coming to an end! DOWN WITH CAPITALISM!"

You're an idiot.

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-16 03:18 AM | Reply

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