The GMO labeling bill recently signed by Connecticut’s governor is an unnecessary, feel-good measure that has little to do with making consumers safer, writes the Hartford Courant’s editorial board.
The law won’t take effect until four other states enact similar legislation. The combined population of the five states must be at least 20 million, and one of the states must border Connecticut.
Since scientists discovered how to insert one gene into another organism, some 2,000 studies have been done showing that GM crops are not harmful. Many of those were conducted by entities, such as chemical companies, with a stake in the matter. The rest were done by independent researchers with no connection to agribusiness.
As far as labeling goes, it already exists, in a way: Non-GM food almost always carries the label “USDA Organic.” Surely, that’s enough for concerned consumers — and without a new law.
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