Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yes to GMO labels

Yes to GMO labels - Boulder Daily Camera

"We think consumers have a right to know what's in their food, and if such a program were in place, Boulder County farmers could capitalize on that and charge a higher price for their crops," we wrote. With a federal label, those farmers could very well appeal to every food producer who wants to woo customers looking for conventional, non-GMO products. And it could create some new opportunities -- more than 50 countries have bans or other regulations regarding GMOs.

Consumers who aren't inclined to make decisions based on farming practices can ignore labels. They will benefit from the fact that some of the biggest food companies in the country, who drive down the costs of food in America compared with other industrialized countries, won't be spending money fighting a hodgepodge of conflicting labeling rules on a state-by-state basis.

Having a federal GMO labeling law would be a uniform way for all food producers to participate on an even playing field, could open up new markets and opportunities, and would better inform the consumers. 

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