New York Times comes out against mandatory labeling, urges voluntary action

| November 8, 2013
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The New York Times has released an editorial coming out against mandatory GMO labeling laws like Washington’s I-522, which is slated to fail at the ballot box. They instead support voluntary efforts that could be spearheaded by food industry leaders themselves.

The industry is fighting these initiatives hard. A better course for manufacturers is to label the products voluntarily. Consumers generally want to know what is in the food they buy, but the vast majority may well shrug at the labels and buy the products anyway. They have been eating genetically engineered foods (more than 70 percent of the food sold in grocery stores) for years without harm.

Read the full, original story here: “Labels for Controversial Ingredients”



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