Busting GMO Labeling Myths
By Shannon Van Hoesen Originally published on EWG’s AgMag Blog.
Should GMO foods be labeled? Legislation passed by the House would block state GMO labeling laws and make it virtually impossible for the Food and Drug Administration to ever craft a national GMO labeling system.
Myth 1: GMO labeling advocates are “anti-science.”
Fact: The science is clear: The widespread adoption of GMO corn and soybeans has led to increased use of glyphosate, a weed killer linked to cancer by the world’s cancer experts. What’s more, voluntary GMO safety reviews are based on industry-funded science, not independent science.
Myth 2: GMO crops are good for the environment.
Fact: GMO crops have not helped reduce soil erosion, as some GMO proponents claim.
Myth 3: GMO labeling supporters are elitists.
Fact: Poll after poll has found that nine out of ten Americans support mandatory GMO labeling — regardless of age, race, income or even party affiliation.
Myth 4: GMO labels will act as a warning.
Fact: Consumers in other nations with GMO labeling do not view GMO labels as a warning. In fact, a recent study found consumers trust GMO foods more if they carry a label.
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