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Viewpoint: FDA should eliminate non-GMO labels that ‘vilify’ food innovation

| | September 19, 2018

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It’s high time for the FDA to protect food innovation. The greatest tool for breakthroughs in food — genetic engineering — is being vilified in ways that break the law in order to get rid of the technology.

I grew up helping my father, a papaya farmer, grow our crops …. the papaya industry was hit hard by a disease in the 1950s called papaya ring spot virus …. Fortunately, in 1998 the virus-resistant Rainbow papaya was approved and commercialized, and the papaya industry was saved.

It’s impossible to go to the grocery store today without seeing products saying “all natural,” and “GMO-free.” …. The worst offender is the “Non-GMO Project Verified” label …. It shocked me to read that the Non-GMO Project wants “to shrink the market for existing GMO ingredients and prevent new commercial biotech crops.”

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FDA …. fails to understand that allowing products to advertise that they do not have GMOs is [no] different than a competitor badmouthing someone else making the same product — and it’s against the law.

This is exactly the type of misleading advertising that the Federal Trade Commission says is illegal. If it were up to the anti-GMO folks, Hawaii would have lost its papaya industry to the ring spot virus.

Read full, original article: Island Voices: FDA must help food innovation in isles (Behind Paywall)

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