Modified foods

03/21/2014 7:12 PM

03/21/2014 7:13 PM

The U.S. is almost alone in the developed world in failing to require labeling for foods that contain genetically modified ingredients (“For advocates of GMO food labels, battle is in states, and wins elusive,” March 13).

There are many reasons for consumers to be concerned about the potential health or environmental impacts of GMOs — for example, USDA reports that farmers use up to 26 percent more chemicals per acre on crops that have been genetically modified to resist herbicides, and the American Medical Association has called for mandatory safety testing of genetically engineered foods.

Moreover, multiple polls show that over 90 percent of Americans want GMOs in food to be labeled, like they are in more than 60 other countries.

Yet instead of giving consumers simple transparency, GMO-developers like Monsanto and some food manufacturers are pushing policies that would keep us in the dark. Some grocery stores are starting to respond to their customers — Whole Foods has committed to labeling all products in its stores by 2018. Now others, like Tom Thumb, should waste no time in joining them.

— Diana Pop,

Austin

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