Important Points Concerning GMO-Labeling

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Important Points Concerning GMO-Labeling

Postby bjgentsch » Tue May 05, 2015 3:12 pm

• GMO labeling will add approximately $500 to the annual grocery bill for a family of four according to a recent Cornell University study
• The U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have all determined that food products made from GMO sources are not different in any meaningful way from their non-GMO counterparts
• There is no federal requirement for (GMO) labeling food products determined to be “similar” to food products already in the marketplace and deemed safe
• All important scientific organizations the world over have stated GMOs are as safe as their respective non-GMO counterparts and have endorsed their safety
• Buying products currently labeled organic ensures consumers they are purchasing non-GMO products rendering labeling unnecessary
• Labeling perfectly safe products with what amount to warnings spreads unwarranted fear and serves only to provide a marketing tool for those who stand to profit from such unreasonable fears
• Public policy should, when at all possible, be based on the best available information and sound science - sound science has resoundingly pronounced GMO technologies safe
• The meat and dairy food products, beverages, and restaurant exemptions tend to indicate the aim of such legislation is not to protect consumers or even address right-to-know, but rather to cast doubt on food safety and provide non-GMO food producers and processors additional sales opportunities with less opposition
• GMO technologies do not result in the expression of genetic characteristics that would otherwise be impossible – the technology simply represents a more precise, faster, and less expensive way to achieve the same results as conventional breeding techniques

The Texas Seed Trade Association can furnish comprehensive lists of over 2000 scientific articles and reviews published in peer reviewed journals supporting the safety of GMO technologies. There is not a single such article or report, that has stood for peer review or been reproduced by other researchers and published in an accredited scientific journal, that definitively indicates enhanced risk related to GMOs.

The Texas Seed Trade Association is dedicated to providing honest and unbiased information pertaining to GMO technologies and strive to do so. We believe organic agriculture has an important place in our markets and fully support that people who want to eat organic produce, and those who supply it, should have free and open access to markets. We believe free markets will provide the kind of food our citizens want to eat and feed their families. We believe that choice is best made without additional regulation, cost, and the interjection of unwarranted fear of technologies that have been proven safe.
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