GMO food labeling: Resistance is useless - The Packer

GMO food labeling: Resistance is useless

03/23/2012 09:17:00 AM
Tom Karst

Tom Karst, National EditorSomething you will not hear any large retailer or produce marketer say: Government-mandated labeling of genetically modified fruits and vegetables is not needed.

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Santa Fe, NM  |  March, 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM

"...the utopian idea that consumers should know everything about the food they eat..." - What kind of dystopian society are you living in where the idea that people should have the right to know what's going into their bodies appears "utopian?" "How many more mandates must the food industry absorb?" - The food industry as well as the government must "absorb" any and all mandates that the consumer damn well pleases - and it's about time the consumer woke up to that fact.

loosanna  |  March, 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM

This is the typical rhetoric that the media spreads. They talk down any real concerns about health. It's in their best interest to get these foods into our bodies. When the time comes to eliminate the masses,these foods will be the catalyst. they say they are safe. Where is the official report stating such. You won't hear it from any publication in the USA. Research publications from other countries that don't have political interests in all this GMO business. Many people from Monsanto are leaders in the white house now. Of course they don't want this to get out. But it is slow but surely. It's a very small piece of the big puzzle. And its all about population control. GMO started around the mid 90's . So how much research has been done. It ok, your the test subject.MAAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

M. McFeeters    
Mississippi  |  March, 23, 2012 at 02:04 PM

When they know they have something great....They market it! When they sneak it into your body and environment and claim it is the same as natural then want a royalty and ownership then they must be held accountable...identify what they own and how it differs from mother natures. That goes for pesticides too!...I eat only organic apples now or none after nearly dying from eating an apple that must have been treated with something I had a reaction to. I just ate no apples for ten years after that. It starts with your lips tingling then suddenly your throat closes or swells. Other produce does cause similar events...I have to be very careful. I have no trouble with organic so I was glad I tried those. It's great to eat those foods again. It took me ten years to realize it most likely wasn’t the fruit I had the reaction to…but the stuff added to it no one labeled. If you really feel the way you say you do then you should have no problem with the guy who slips your girl a date drug and alters her drink a bit. It is illegal for a teacher in our area to give any meds in our schools even with parent consent. How it is these companies altered our plant/food at the DNA level and failed to inform us prior to placing it in our children’s foods or receiving our consent we wanted to them or even ourselves to consume it. I think if Monsanto and others have the answers on how to create healthy humans through their products they should prove it by repairing the DNA in those limbless, double headed people they created in Vietnam and coming up with something to repair the DNA of the liver damaged vets they used as earlier lab rats. If they can’t repair what they broke than they can stay out of our guts if we don’t give consent…personal informed consent…my Senator doesn’t have my body.

matawan, nj  |  March, 25, 2012 at 07:13 PM

i too had a reaction to an apple, where my throat closed up and i broke out in welts all over my body. since the food industry doesn't care about the chemicals they put in my food, i will show them with my pocketbook. i no longer buy anything but organic produce at the supermarket. since i cannot even be sure what they are doing to the organic produce, i am starting my own vegetable garden. eventually, more and more will start to follow and stop buying their "food". it is not worth being sick.

U.S.  |  March, 23, 2012 at 06:37 PM

If you want to be alot smarter than Tom Karst is right now... enter "xfinity tv" into your computer search engine... go to their website... click on the movie section... then click on movies under the letter F... And then find a very excellent and free to watch film, called THE FUTURE OF FOOD. What an eye opener. What an excellent film. And it doesn't end with "resistance is useless." Knowledge combined with labeling... would result in consumers not buying genetically modified food. And what people won't buy, you can't sell. That's what power is. Truly an excellent film.

Eric Baumholder    
Tenretni, USA  |  March, 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

The petition wants the FDA 'to change the way it defines material change in a food'. Right now, the FDA demands labeling if there is a scientifically proven consumer health issue regarding the food. This shouldn't change just because 0.0027 of the US population thinks something else is a good idea.

mad duran    
sonoma, ca  |  March, 24, 2012 at 04:10 PM

GMO is about population control, it's about making as much money off us, which is the 99% as in Occupy Wall Street, in the way of patented seeds, selling pesticides, herbicides, oil based fertilizers that only mimic real nutrients. Killing us slowly, make the population more dependent on American Medical Association. By the way AMA is gearing up for a pan epidemic, we have GMO to thank for this. And we might as well get psychiatry in on this too, Anything to keep us out of touch with truth is the plan. To get us and keep us on mind altering drugs as to be manipulating the masses. Another great documentary called THRIVE. go to to watch. This movie mentions GMO and a lot more the 1% have been slipping by us. The best part is at the end of the movie when there are solutions to get out of this mess. I'm ready to make changes, lets do it together.

Oregon  |  March, 25, 2012 at 07:00 PM

We all have printers, we all have access to Avery labels, we are all angry - If the government wont mandate labelling and the manufacturers wont do it voluntarily, then it is up to us, the People to start labelling. It shouldn't be difficult - up to 70% of what is available in the big supermarkets is GMO.

STL, MO  |  March, 25, 2012 at 07:11 PM

If you don't want to know, then you can stick your head in the sand but don't try to tell the rest of us that we don't have a right to know what we're eating. Utopian? Seriously? Thanks for being just another corporate media hack!

Land of the Free  |  March, 25, 2012 at 07:31 PM

Here's a thought. The food industry won't be held to any more mandates-as long as it agrees to sell *FOOD* and not chemicals. Easy peasy.

NC  |  March, 25, 2012 at 07:50 PM

There is a growing body of research indicating that is starting to indicate that GMO is detrimental to the health of any animal that eats GMO products is at serious risk of ill health, from even something as small as GM'd micro-RNA. So, personally I would love to see the GMO industry, criminalized and shut down.

USA  |  March, 26, 2012 at 08:23 AM

Even if the agenda of the "Just Label It" is anti GMO, don't you feel that it is a right for those who prefer to eat GMO free should have information so they can make the choice? As it is now, people are in the dark. The GMO pushers are afraid that this will educate the consumers and their $ales will plummet. If you do not mind eating GMO foods, the label will not bother you at all. It would just be the same as...this product was processed on equipment used with tree nuts, etc. If you weren't bothered by nuts, that is no problem. There is mounting evidence that GMO's do change us and that the biology of our intestines which house probiotics are damaged, among other things. It seems that putting pesticides in the seeds does not sit well when taken internally, even if they happen to grow better, which is not necessarily the case. This country is suppose to be for the people,protecting our rights and freedoms. There is no freedom when food labeling is withheld and the consumer is left not knowing. The money it will take to label our food is nothing in comparison to the money put into GMO research and chemicals. I applaud the "Just Label It" campaign for their efforts to help consumers. The "few" products you refer to that are currently that top 8 GMO's are found in practically every product people buy.

Reggie Corpus    
Williamsburg  |  March, 26, 2012 at 09:15 AM

"The petition asks the FDA to issue new regulations requiring labeling of all foods produced using genetic engineering, to change the way it defines material change in a food." Registrar Corp helps companies comply with U.S. FDA's extensive food labeling requirements by cross referencing your food labeling against thousands of pages within the Code of Federal Regulations as well as the Federal Register, EAFUS Database, GRAS Notices, Guidance Documents, Labeling Guides, and Warning Letters issued by U.S. FDA. For more information visit

VA  |  March, 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Ever hear of Star corn? The FDA can not and will not protect us from harmful food and drugs. We must have the ability to do so ourselves. Genetics is still in it's infancy. Independent scientists can tell you that unexpected and unpredictable results can happen and will happen. Gene products have many functions, and small errors in gene "cutting" can cause devastating results that may not be seen for a long time. Not to mention that the propaganda that gmo's can feed the world is proving itself false with large scale crop failures and the creation of new species of bacteria and fungus as they absorb these gmo's into their genomes.

Santa Rosa, CA  |  March, 26, 2012 at 05:31 PM

In my opinion the centralized food industry and agri-business, a.k.a.: Dow, Cargill, Monsanto have no place in the world. As a consumer I would suggest that GMO labeling get underway because at this point I am not buying mass-produced food that is not labeled Non-GMO. My power is in my meager consumer dollar, so do whatever the f* you want big business. I have already "dropped out". I am sure that when the time comes Monsanto will get a taxpayer bailout to stay in business. That would make the most sense in the political landscape that is U.S. business.

Florida  |  March, 27, 2012 at 09:53 AM

Does anyone else not see this a a possible religious issue? I have spoken to a few people whose stance was that it's sinful to alter anything living on a genetic level because it is altering God's work. I'm not saying I agree with that, but shouldn't people have a right to know whether or not a food violates their religion? Just curious. Personaly I think genetically engineering food is a wonderful thing for the simple fact that it is an advance in science. If you can engineer a potatoe to be resistant to fungus you can take a few steps farther to engineering people to be resistant to cancer. Any advance in science is a good thing because it leads to the next. But I personally don't want to be genetically engineered to be resistant to cancer, and I don't want to eat genetically engineered food. I don't have to give a reason. It's my choice and my right to choose what I put into my body for any reason I see fit no matter how uneducated or dumb it may be. What I don't get is why it's such a big deal to label it? A label can be a good thing, look at the USDA organic label. The FDA already requires foods containing transfat to be labeled, why is it that a patented food shouldn't be labed? Just label it as that, patented. It's illegal to patentent anything that occours naturally. If the corn I'm going to buy has a patented label then I know it's not all natural. That simple. We don't have to use words that sound scary like, "genetically engineered" to say "not natural." I am not the most educated person which is probably obvious, but that's my simple take on the whole situation.

Seattle  |  March, 28, 2012 at 12:26 AM

This is very con erning to me. I have digestive issues,fibromyalgia and 'mental" problems. These problems seemed to start surfacing about the time gm foods started being marketed. I had no idea that so many processed foods contain gm ingredients!

Lake Arrowhead, CA  |  March, 28, 2012 at 01:56 PM

Many don't seem to realize that we aren't talking about hybrid tomatoes. This is a serious issue and the FDA is NOT protecting the public. Did you know that a study confirmed that 55% of rats born to animals fed GMO soy while pregnant died? Did you know that Monsanto's Roundup Ready GMO soy, which is 90% of the soy consumed in the USA, is toxic to humans? Do you know that GMO corn has been developed that contains 2,4-D, a major component of Agent Orange? Exposure to 2,4-D causes cancer, reproductive problems, neurotoxicity, and immunosuppression. It contains dioxin, one of the "dirty dozen" group of extremely toxic chemicals that are resistant to environmental degradation. Does anyone want their children to eat crops sprayed with a chemical component of Agent Orange? Does anyone want it in their groundwater? Do you know that Michael R. Taylor, a former Monsanto lobbyist, was appointed as a senior adviser to the FDA on food safety? In 1996, he was responsible for the inclusion of a loophole in a food protection law called the Delaney Clause. The Delaney Clause does not allow processed food to contain "any chemical additive found to induce cancer in man or animals". Taylor amended the Delaney Clause to allow the inclusion of pesticides in GMOs. Earlier this year, I made the decision to eat 100% organic food to avoid GMOs. Not everyone may go that route, but I believe that everyone should be able to make an informed choice to eat or not eat GMO food. Labeling is a good first step.

California  |  April, 03, 2012 at 11:33 PM

"It should be pointed out that there is just a handful of GM fruits and vegetables on the market now representing a very tiny fraction of a percent of total produce marketed." This percentage of fruits and veggies, or the 'top eight' as you have also referred to, are to be found in over 80% of the processed food in the marketplace. Not to mention the the majority of feed used for the animal products being consumed. Since the introduction of GMOs in 1996, visits to the emergency room due to allergies doubled from 1997 to 2002 and overall food related illnesses doubled from 1994 to 2001. Coincidence? Maybe. But let's get some definitive, unbiased studies going. And, at the very least, let's give ourselves the chance to make an informative choice as to what we would like to consume, Tom Karst. BTW, the 990,000 signatures from petitions to the FDA calling for food labelling, were just recently deleted by the FDA. Look it up. STAND UNITED FOR FOOD LABELING.

Honolulu  |  April, 05, 2012 at 06:16 PM

I agree with others who have criticized the suggestion that knowing what is in our food is somehow "utopian." WT...? GMOs should be considered with suspicion for the following reasons (and more): 1) the supposed "rigorous testing" is conducted by the companies producing them and simply presented to the FDA for a rubber stamp - this is CORRUPT! Ahem - the "rigorous testing" is US - we are guinea pigs! 2) there are laws preventing non company scientists from getting access to details about how they are produced under the guise of protecting "intellectual property," thus ensuring only bias test results or ones that fit their goals will be released 3) tests have shown animals avoid them if given a choice, and that animals fed copious amounts develop liver and kidney diseases and more 4) an emergency "seed vault" has been set up in the Arctic Circle - for whom and for what reason, exactly? if GMOs are so "safe" why does their use coincide with this? 5) resistance to labeling appears a way to avoid be sued if someone incurs and injury from a reaction to GMO food, and of course a way to force feed this stuff to the ignorant masses 6) they offer no actual benefit to the consumer - only potential for harm to the consumer, the environment (more spraying of chemicals) and genetic diversity (once these things unleash into the wild they contaminate non-GMO - they cannot ever be "recalled") 7) the companies behind these GMOs have proven themselves time and again to be unscrupulous thugs who would club their own mother to death if it would benefit themselves in some way LABEL GMOs NOW!

Paul Fassa    
Austin, TX  |  January, 14, 2013 at 01:36 PM Co-Existence is Impossible As long as GMOs continue to be planted and utilized, the whole food chain is endangered. Enacting GMO Labeling implies co-existence with GMO and non-GMO crops. Monsanto convinces Whole Foods executives and other food distributors and merchants that GMO, non-GMO, and organic crops can share the turf – but this isn’t true.

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