Genetic Modification Can Help Achieve Development Goals, Should Not Require Labeling

The Hill: Conspiracy theories run amok
Joseph Perrone, chief science officer at the Center for Accountability in Science

“…Anti-GMO activists claim the government should require labels on GMOs because they haven’t been well studied and could pose health risks. There’s simply no credible research to support this point of view. … In fact, genetic modification helps farmers feed more people using less land and fewer resources. It can even be used to develop more nutritionally dense foods to fight disease, like the development of Golden Rice to fight childhood blindness. Mandating labels for GMOs isn’t necessary and caves in to the anti-GMO rhetoric that these foods are somehow unsafe. That is why Congress is currently considering legislation introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) that would make labeling foods containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) voluntary, not mandatory, as activists demand…” (3/7).

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