Viewpoint: USDA’s GMO labeling proposal is ‘the right way to do it’

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After two years of waiting, the USDA has finally published its proposed regulations to implement labeling of genetically modified crops.

There are a few things that I find very interesting, and even encouraging about the proposed rules.

First, the USDA has decided these foods will be called “bioengineered” instead of “GMOs.” Words matter and not only is bioengineered probably a more precise term, it also does not come with the negative connotations associated with “GMOs.”

Second, the use of a symbol to designate that a product contains GMO ingredients is also an important change. Wouldn’t it be great if the USDA created a label that cast bioengineered foods in a positive light? Maybe they could come up with something that represents the environmental benefits for these crops? Friends, that is exactly what they did!

If I had to choose just one, I would probably pick the smiling sun. At the end of the day, genetically modified crops are green crops and the symbol representing them should express it.

Fundamentally, I still believe such a labeling requirement is obnoxious and unnecessary. That being said, if such a law is going to exist, this is definitely the right way to do it.

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