No Harm in More Information
Labeling genetically modified organisms has always been a controversy in the United States. The debate does not lie around whether the food is safe to consume or not, but whether the consumer should have the right to know about what is being put into their foods. Genetically modified foods are created by injecting a species with the desirable characteristics from another species. There is a lot that goes behind the process of making these foods and consumers are curious about it. Because they are the ones who buy and support the companies, they feel that the companies should have a level of respect for their consumers as well and give them the right to know what is in their foods.
Companies may fear losing their buyers after they know what is in the foods, but they will not lose all of their consumers. If they know that the foods are safe to eat and are at a reasonable price, they will still get some profit from their product. Also, if the foods are tested to be safe to eat, then there should be no problem putting it out there for the consumers to see for their own eyes. Science has shown that these foods are safe to consume and we do eat these foods on a daily basis. Knowing that, there should be no problem in putting that information onto a label where we can easily access it for our own knowledge. They will also gain some trust because the consumers know that they are being honest and are giving them what they want to know about their food product.
Many feel that they deserve to know what is in their food to make the right decisions in choosing the foods that will not trigger an allergy. GMOs are made to uphold high doses of herbicides and pesticides, so that they can live in certain conditions, such as very dry conditions, where there is no water, or very cold conditions. Everyone wants to give themselves quality food and feel their families with that food too. If they do not know what is really in their foods, they cannot make the best choices, which can be dangerous to their health because it is known that genetically modified foods do contain proteins that can trigger a persons allergies.
Putting a label with the ingredients of what they are putting into the foods will not increase any of the prices of the foods. The farmers and manufacturers will still be able to create and grow these crops like usual. The only difference would be that the consumers would be able to get more information on what is going on behind the foods that are being placed out on the shelves.
Thirty-eight countries have already banned GMOs because they feel that growing those crops would harm the human health and the environment. Labeling our genetically modified crops would just be a baby step. Sixty-four countries around the world have made labelling they GMO crops mandatory, showing that it is something that has been considered and done by other places because they care about their consumers and have that level of respect for them.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires the labelling of about 4,000 ingredients, additives, and/or processes, so the fact that companies do not want to label their foods, would be going against the policies of the FDA. In the year 2011, a petition was sent into the FDA by the Center for Food Safety, stating that mandatory labelling should be enforced. Over one million supporters have commented and were for this petition after it was filed in.
Supporters do not want to see these foods being banned from the shelves, but they simply want to see the labels with more information for them to see and give them a better idea of which foods they should eat and which ones they should avoid. They are aware that these foods have been in our society for many years and have helped us end starvation in many places. Farmers and manufacturers will stay be able to continue their production. Nothing changes besides the extra information that is placed out there for the consumers to see and expand their knowledge with.
Mandatory labeling would just be adding more information onto the nutrition label will not do much harm. It is simply an add-on to what the consumers already know and give them the right to pick and choose what they want to feed both themselves and their families.