People often wonder what the big fuss is about and why a lot of agencies want to label GMO. GMOs or genetically modified organisms have been quite popular in recent years, spurring the creation of synthetic potatoes, tomatoes, fish and several other products. There are some things consumers have to know before they invest in these goods. Knowing the entire process, as well as understanding the risks can help.
To Protect the Public The FDA Should Label Genetically Engineered Food
The FDA or Food and Drug Authority functions to ensure that all commercial products and food made available to humans for consumption stay fresh and safe. The agency covers a wide array of duties and responsibilities, such as checking the expiration dates of available goods, knowing and approving the sources of products, making sure that ingredients stay safe and are free of contaminants and providing information to consumers that the goods they're buying and consuming are healthy and good.
With the rise of genetically engineered crops and animals, 7 out of 10 goods you find in the grocery store or supermarket contains at least 1 GMO ingredient. Others are fully synthetic or are manufactured by companies that invest heavily in genetic engineering. This can pose different dangers and risks to people in terms of health. The dangers to the environment also vary, so the FDA should include regulation of GMOs. To label genetically engineered food is to provide complete information so that consumers do not make the wrong decision or are given the wrong or missing details that will push them to buy products they really do not know the risks of.
Majority Of Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food
There are five countries that have already started the regulation of genetically engineered commodities, namely the United States, the EU or European Union, Japan, Mexico and Germany. These nations want to emphasize the effects of genetic engineering for readily available products and food, especially the negative ones. Labeling of genetic engineered food has become mandatory for the EU, but the United States still needs more work. More campaigns and individuals are gathering to employ the strict regulation of GMO labels. All products that contain at least one ingredient from GMOs should provide the right and complete information to any consumer, because it is the consumer's right to know what he is buying and eating.
In America, several bills have already been passed regarding the proper labeling of GMO products, but there aren't any significant approvals or changes that ensure the protection of consumers, as well as the environment and economy. One GMO label, no matter how discrete will make a huge change, which is why several Americans are trying to push mandatory labeling for the benefit of all involved. The consequences are still too many, several which stay unknown, which should push people to continue staying aware and being cautious. Some campaigns and programs have been very helpful in spurring movements all over the United States to hopefully increase awareness and information, such as Greenpeace International.