The California GM labeling controversy joins list of historical food scares

| July 20, 2012
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Writer Kevin Folta takes aim at anti-GM activists in this piece, comparing the California GM labeling controversy with other food scares throughout history. From M&M’s to GM foods, nothing is safe from scare tactics and the rumor mill.

“If you want to scare somebody, convince them that there is a remote chance of danger in their food, water or medicine. Even if there is no evidence to back up the claim, people respond strongly to such information, causing them to abandon safe foods for alternatives. Today this fear factor is being played to influence food policy and politics, as activists realize they can change consumption with distortions of truth and perpetuation of food phobias and food anxiety. Because it works like a charm.”

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