Why GMO labels are a bad idea

I was pleased to see the March 11 USAToday editorial: Our view: GMO Labels Feed Unwarranted Fears


“Mandatory labeling …on balance it’s a bad idea. A key reason is that it validates the notion that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are dangerous, which is simply not true.  Using science to make crops more resistance to drought or insects builds on the ancient practice of selectively breeding plants…Doing this in a lab at the genetic level makes it faster, more precise, and more effective.  But…harder for nonscientists to grasp…the European Union found that GMOs ‘are not per se more risky than…conventional plant breeding.’…75% to 80% of foods contain them.”

“The risk from mandatory labeling is the same as any action that ignores science and plays to unfounded fear.”

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