Fear of Fear: Will Campbell’s support for mandatory GMO labeling break impasse?

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The Campbell Soup company, which sells SpaghettiOs . . . has called for mandatory federal labeling of foods that contain GM ingredients. Mandatory, as opposed to voluntary labeling, which is all the Grocery Manufacturers Association and most of its members publicly support. . .

That is precisely what the anti-GMO people have been demanding, and the anti-GMO group (largely funded by the organics industry) Just Label It applauded Campbell’s announcement.

That applause from GMO opponents reveals why Campbell’s action could be a turning point in the entire fight about the use of genetic engineering in agriculture. . .  If Campbell’s gives consumers what they want, and sales are steady and it doesn’t cost the company much money, other companies also suffering GMO campaign fatigue, eager for certainty, and eager to demonstrate they’re giving consumers what they want, will surely follow suit.

And that will take the wind out of the biggest sail of the anti-GMO movement. . . If consumers get that choice, and buy those products, it will be tough for those advocates to then try to get GMOs banned some other way, or try to boycott all of Campbell’s popular products, trying to take away from consumers what they are choosing to buy.

Dissension has been growing within the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s 200-plus members for months over the GMO labeling issue. . . At stake is nothing less than the pace of development of agricultural biotechnology in the United States, which influences agriculture worldwide. . . SpaghettiOs have become the symbolic fulcrum on which that balance currently rests.

Read full, original post: Could SpaghettiOs Decide the Fate of Genetically Modified Food?

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