Highly refined foods like sugar contain no DNA. Should GMO labeling rules apply?

| | September 12, 2016
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[N]obody—absolutely nobody—can tell the difference between sugar that comes from GMO crops and sugar that doesn’t.

…You can even have expert scientists study it at the molecular level using ultra-powerful gas-spectrometer analysis.

And still, nobody can tell the difference.

So why would anybody want the U.S. Department of Agriculture to try?

A few anti-biotech activists are demanding that USDA make the futile attempt, as part of a new federal GMO disclosure law. Over the next few months, regulators will propose a series of specific rules…

“USDA’s biggest task in writing the rule may be deciding whether highly refined products like beet sugar, soybean oil, and high fructose corn syrup would need to be labeled because they are derived from genetically modified plants,” wrote Agri-Pulse, a weekly newsletter.

. . . .

We label products to inform consumers about their contents. Slapping a GMO label on a package of sugar, however, would reveal nothing about the makeup of the sugar. It would simply identify a mode of agricultural production.

… and it’s outside the scope of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, too.

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