Should milk from cows that eat genetically modified feed be labeled GMO?

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[A] woman in California is suing Chipotle because it advertises a GMO- free menu, while serving meat, cheese and sour cream from animals that eat GMO corn and soy.

Dave Carlin is a vice president at the International Dairy Foods Association. His group represents big dairies, like Borden and Dannon.

“Just because you feed a cow GM feed it does not make the milk that comes from that cow GM,” he says. “Just as if we fed a cow chocolate, it doesn’t make the milk that comes out of that cow chocolate milk. It just doesn’t work that way.”

The Food and Drug Administration agrees. In an email, the FDA says when cows eat GMO feed it doesn’t make the milk GMO. The milk itself is not genetically engineered.

Chris Miller is the social activism manager with ice cream maker Ben and Jerry’s. The company advocates for GMO labeling.

“This is not a warning label, this is not about safety. This is about transparency, and consumers understanding what they buy. It’s that simple,” says Miller.

But even Ben and Jerry’s uses milk from cows that eat GMO feed, without labeling it as such.

[Editor’s note: Listen to the full radio segment here.]

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  • relO627

    Yes.

    • Eric Bjerregaard

      Got any reasons for that foolish answer? Logical fact based reasons, that is.

      • WeGotta

        Because people who want to avoid gmo would want to avoid gmo.

        Confused? Take a biology course or find a breast feeding friend and ask if they watch what they eat for their infant’s milk.

        • Good4U

          You were asked for logical fact based reasons. You failed to provide them, which is typical for your behavior as a trained chimp. Anyway, congratulations, you are at least 98% human.

          • WeGotta

            Label it so people can avoid exposure to gmo if they wish.

            Doesn’t get any more logical, factual or clear than that.

            I am nothing short of everything there has ever been and everything there will ever be.
            So are you.

            Chimps=humans=life expressed

          • Eric Bjerregaard

            For the 938th time. NO, For those ignorant enough to desire to avoid these safe products. There are nongmo and organic labels. As there are no safety issues regarding GE derived crops. Mandatory labels are an unconstitutional mandate to compel speech. http://www.siquierotransgenicos.cl/2015/06/13/more-than-240-organizations-and-scientific-institutions-support-the-safety-of-gm-crops/

          • WeGotta

            Eric thinks appeals to authority and history are logical.

          • Eric Bjerregaard

            Eric thinks you are an idiot not to recognize the impeccable safety record of GE crops in tandem with the statements by these authorities. BTW, honest authorities are sometimes correct and Waaaay smarter and better educated than you are.

          • WeGotta

            What Eric thinks must be taken with skepticism given his questionable understanding.

          • Frédéric Fred

            So if the hippy ignoramuses who believe that plastic or fossil fuel or chemical preservatives or pesticides will kill us want the mention “plastic free”, and “fossil fuel free”, “chemical preservatives free”, “pesticides free”, we should all have it sticked on all food ? Nonsense !
            And you pretend that all this GMO-labelling kerkuffle is “logical”, give me a break, it’s all political.

          • WeGotta

            You’ve been brainwashed.

            Logical:
            Consumers demand. Producers supply.

            You:
            Producers supply.
            Producers hire people to create demand for what they supply.
            Producers bribe governments to artificially prop up demand for what is produced.
            Consumers divided into groups and subgroups so as to be attacked by brainwashed lemmings who can’t think for themselves.

          • Frédéric Fred

            Except consumers did NOT demand GMO labeling, only obscurantist activist groups do. Yet facists like you want producers to comply. So no, nothing logical in there, all political.

            “Producers bribe governments to artificially prop up demand for what is produced.”
            ————————
            Yeah, and greenies groups, with hundreds millions US$ per year dedicated to anti-everything propaganda are pure snowwhites, never bribe anybody. Projection much ? Leftists always project, never admit errors.

          • WeGotta

            Brainwashed.
            Try turning off media for 2 weeks and having your own thoughts.

            You’re living in a make believe world of labels and anger perpetrated on you by rich celebrity media elites who don’t give a damn about you.

            Your whole comment reeks of it.

          • Frédéric Fred

            You embrace precisely exactly the same pseudo-scientific nonsense spewed by the rich celibrity media elites about organic, anti-fracking, anti fossil fuel, anti GMO, anti-business… And you are accusing me of being influenced by them, how more stupid and illogical can it be??

          • Eric Bjerregaard

            Thanks for dealing with that moron.

          • WeGotta

            Yes. I am accusing you of being influenced by rich celebrity media elites. The exact ones who profit from gmo, fracking, fossil fuel, and multinational corporations.

            Those things (gmo, fossil fuel, corporations) are just tools.
            Being against a tool is idiotic. Supporting tools no matter how they are used is idiotic.
            Tools can be used to accomplish “good” things or tear them apart. Try having an original thought.

            “Embracing” something that someone also embraces does not mean you were influenced by them. I embrace oxygen. Oh my god, so did Stalin!! Am I a Stalin supporter now? How stupid.

            You seem so blinded by the hate and fear programmed into you by some rich media elite (probably right wing talk media billionaires) that you can’t even see that YOU are their puppet.

            So not only do they use tools to tear apart those things we value, they use you to help. So sad.
            And what does it get you? Just a life filled with their hate, anger and fear.

            How about you accept some personal responsibility and worry about what you do rather than what they tell you to worry about or what some other people say?
            Feel like you don’t have enough? Your fault.
            Feel angry? Your fault.
            Feel sad? Your fault.
            Can’t get ahead of your bills? Your fault.

            Stop blaming fictional groups of people for your problems.

          • Jason

            Oh my… the hypocrisy is just TOO much!

          • WeGotta

            It sure is. Jason posts pics of celebrities as rebuttals. TOO much!

          • Jason

            If you’d prefer, I could post random nobody’s rolling their eyes. The message is the same.

          • WeGotta

            We’re talking about personal preference. That’s the whole point. YOU prefer celebrity type eye rolls. So sad.
            I don’t have a preference because I understand.

          • Jason

            Well, you’re the one that chose to focus on the celebrity rather than that it was just some person rolling their eyes. Clearly, you’re the one exhibiting some fascination with celebrities. Why is that? Or, are we just seeing another example of your oblivious hypocrisy?

          • WeGotta

            Hahahahahahaha!!!

            Me to another: You worship celebrities
            Jason butts in: You are the one who does, here is a celebrity I added for no reason
            Me: amused
            Jason: You noticed the celebrity I posted in a reply to you, it’s your fault
            Me: amused

          • Jason

            See what I mean? Even though there was a clear reason for having posted it (a picture perfect eye roll) you can’t seem to stop focusing on the fact that the person was a celebrity. It seems like an obsession.

            If you don’t believe me, follow this thread up & see who brought up celebrities.

          • Jason

            And apparently you think labeling milk as a mean of avoiding GM foods is logical.

          • WeGotta

            Yes.

            Are you suggesting things eaten are not passed through milk?
            You need a biology book stat.

          • Jason

            You poor thing. I would hate living my life in total ignorance and fear.

          • WeGotta

            I can always tell when the PR firm army is stumped.
            Out comes the insults.

          • Jason
          • WeGotta

            Celebrity worship. So sad.

          • Jason

            Yah… that’s probably it.

          • Kevin Patti

            Technically, someone else was asked and he answered.

      • relO627

        Sure, to make you mad.

  • Kevin Patti

    No, as no GE was performed on the cow.

  • Charles Lindturtle

    It should be labelled as high in IGF-1.

    The recombinant bovine growth hormone is similar to the natural hormone, but it causes increased IGF-1 levels.

    The breast and prostate respond to this, and IGF-1 is a recognized risk factor for hormone-dependent cancers.

    • Eric Bjerregaard

      Got proof?