Deakin Communicating Science 2016

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GMOs – Just Label It!

 

In my last blog I have talked about what Genetically modified food is and what are the bad and good sides of Genetically Modified Food are. In this blog I will talk about GMOs labelling.

Genetically modified food labelling was introduced to give consumers the freedom to choose between GMOs and conventional products. We have right to know what we are consuming is healthy for us or not.

 

In some countries GMO labelling is not labeled on the package. Countries like United State and Canada do not require a labelling of Genetically modified foods.

The question is: if GMOs are safe, then why they are not labelling it on the package? Many scientist and science publications and even liberal newspapers in United Stated opposes to GMO labelling. Is it fair to do that? It is very simple, if the food is a genetically modified then it must show the information on their food labels – make no doubt about it.

Food Standards Australia New-Zealand assesses all the applications for genetically modified food each case-by-case. [2]

Reasons why GMO labelling is SO Important:

  • We are eating it everyday. Probably with every meal not realising that it could/might be GMO food.
  • There is no consensus among scientists about the GMO’s being safe to consume.
  • The rate of food allergies has increased alone with the increase in GMO food.
  • Organic food is too expensive to afford.
  • GM food cannot be recalled, once it’s released into nature; we cannot control for factors like wind and pollinators.

Like United States and Canada, there are 64 countries around the world that also requires labelling of genetically modified foods. Unlike most other developed countries – such as 28 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and even China.

 

We have RIGHT TO KNOW what we are eating and what we are feeding our families.

Sources:

http://www.betteroffwell.com/6-reasons-why-gmo-labeling-is-so-important/

http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/gmfood/applications/pages/default.aspx

https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/10/23/if-gmos-are-safe-why-arent-they-labeled-straight-answer-to-a-valid-question/

http://www.justlabelit.org/right-to-know-center/labeling-around-the-world/

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