Most Americans Unsure of GE Food and Want Labeling

Most Americans are wary about genetically engineered food, according to a survey conducted by National Public Radio. Some findings:

Only 25% of respondents say they fully understand what GE food is all about; 64% of respondents are unsure if GE food is safe; and 9 in 10 people agree that GE food ingredients should be labeled.

Americans have been calling for independent food safety testing and mandatory labeling for more than a decade, but these requests continue to fall on deaf ears. Now’s a good time to remind your members of congress and regulatory officials that you’re not the only one concerned. You can access a link to the full survey results in the NPR article.

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3 Responses to Most Americans Unsure of GE Food and Want Labeling

  1. You’re leaving out some important information from that poll:

    60 percent are fine with genetically engineered vegetables, fruits or grains.
    38 percent said OK to altered meat.
    35 percent would try a genetically engineered fish.

    Studies consistently show that most people do not actually care very much about genetic engineering in agriculture. Opponents are quick to assume that the rest of the public agree with them, when in fact there are a lot of people who are in the middle who are still deciding what they believe. But even in the organic sector, objections to genetic engineering aren’t even as strong as is often thought. The Consumer’s Union did a poll with regard to ‘contamination’ of organic crops with GE plants, and although they reported it as indicating that consumers are concerned about such cross-pollination, the data indicates the opposite:
    Bottom line, even after tweaking the survey with loaded terms, they still couldn’t get most organic food buyers to show much (or any) concern for this at all. Most only care little or not at all.

  2. Such survey results would be vastly different if twenty five years ago the federal government had done its job and protected the public’s interest and not accepted the biotech industry’s concocted fictional theory of substantial equivalence. Let’s let the free market work and allow a free flow of information to that market by requiring labeling of all GMO products. Twenty five years of institutional government-industry GMO bias have done a disservice to the public. Since Roundup Ready (glyphosate tolerant) crops represent the vast majority of GMO applications the following link will provide some of that useful information that should be in the hands of consumers.
    Jim Gerritsen
    Wood Prairie Farm
    Bridgewater, Maine

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