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Academics debate what GMO labeling policy should look like

Mark Edelman, professor of economics at Iowa State University, and Barry Flinchbaugh, emeritus professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, debate what GMO labeling policies should be.

Edelman: Many policy topics seem to cycle in public discourse every few years. Food science and labeling seems to be one of those topics. Vermont policymakers reportedly have been debating a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods made with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Maine and Connecticut passed similar bills but contain a trigger clause requiring other states to pass such laws before they are enacted. Vermont’s bill would have immediate impact because it doesn’t have a trigger clause.

Flinchbaugh: My favorite line on local food labeling is it works fine until you want a chocolate covered banana for dessert. This is of course personal, since I am diabetic and have stents in my arteries. For me, sugar and saturated fat are crucial information on the label. I really do not give a damn about GMOs or Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL). I want labels to tell me something important to my health — COOL and GMOs do not. The problem is everyone wants something different. Anytime we stray from a science-based health and safety standard, society falls into a quagmire with no guiding policy principle.

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