Sunday, July 27, 2014

Oregonians won't be misled by GMO labels: Guest opinion |

Oregonians won't be misled by GMO labels: Guest opinion |

By Martin Donohoe and Ray Seidler
In 1997, the European Union began requiring that genetically engineered foods be labeled, so consumers could make informed decisions about what food they bought. American food companies and agribusiness giants did not stop selling their products in those countries as a result. They did not raise prices. And they did not claim that the European public was too dim-witted to understand what the labels meant, and that they therefore would be deceived or confused by them.

Rather, just the opposite. Monsanto, one of the biggest producers of genetically engineered foods, ran ads in the United Kingdom praising the labels for providing consumers with important information. The ads stated, "Monsanto fully supports UK food manufacturers and retailers in their introduction of these labels. We believe you should be aware of all the facts before making a purchase."

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