‘Follow the money’: Why the organic industry funds anti-GMO campaigns

| | May 5, 2017
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Everything we eat has had their genes modified by humans at some point in history, and nothing we eat exists in its “natural form.” So why do some people want foods that contain genetically modified ingredients labeled? Well, follow the money. Although GMOs are regarded as safe as their conventional counterparts by every major food safety authority in the world, the organic industry spends nearly $3 billion a year through over 330 different organization leading with fear and “information spin” as an industry to sell their products. By creating an unfounded fear that requires tighter regulations on GMO crops, they are hoping to force them out of the food supply, thereby creating a bigger market share to sell more products in their more than $65 billion wheelhouse.

[T]here is nothing wrong with farmers choosing to grow whatever they want. Whether a farm is GMO, non-GMO, organic, etc. that is their decision….

The unfortunate consequence of these labels is that the food companies and lobbyists tend to create an unnecessary “us vs. them” divide. When food companies use fear against competitors to sell a product, farmers take it personally.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Farm Babe: Label trends: Where does it end?

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