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Plant disease research experts oppose GMO labels

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The American Phytopathological Society, which represents 5,000 scientists who “investigate plant pathogens,” came out with a statement paper opposing mandatory labeling of foods with GM ingredients:

Since their widespread introduction 20 years ago, GM crops have significantly enhanced food and fiber production.  Mandatory labeling of food derived from GM plants would focus on regulation of a plant improvement process rather than on public and environmental safety and would be contrary to the data-based decision process of U.S. law.  APS supports transparent science-based regulations that foster innovation, are environmentally sound, ensure food safety, and reinforce consumer confidence. Compulsory labeling of GM food could undermine this confidence and reduce the availability of valuable tools for managing crop losses caused by plant disease.

Read the full, original story here: “Compulsory Labeling of Plants and Plant Products Derived from Biotechnology”

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