Some call them ‘Frankenfoods,’ others prefer to use the straightforward acronym, ‘GMO.’ Either way, those opposed to genetically modified organisms—plants whose genes have been tweaked in order to maximize profits—suffered a major setback this week. Congress passed a bill banning the labeling of GMO foods as such, arguing that there’s no evidence showing GMO foods are harmful to human health.
Those opposed to the passage of this bill argue that whatever you believe about these ‘Frankenfoods’ (which, incidentally, are highly regulated in Europe, suggesting the story is more complex than U.S. food manufacturers would have us believe), knowledge is power, and labeling is education. It’s still unclear how this bill will do in the senate, so stay tuned for further developments.
In the meantime, there’s no law saying that companies who don’t use GMO ingredients can’t say so, so look for foods whose packaging carries the ‘Non-GMO Project Verified’ seal. What are your feelings about the evidence for or against GMOs?