Letter: Importance of Food Labeling
To the Editor:
The May 14 op-ed “Don’t Mandate Labels for Foods With Gene-Altered Ingredients” by Cass R. Sunstein doesn’t mention the great concern of consumers who have severe food allergies. How would anyone know if the corn they eat has been crossed with peanuts, which many people are allergic to, or some kind of exotic insect, which would be a major turn-off for just about everyone? Even if labeled as genetically modified, this information would not appear on genetically modified foods. At least the GM label would be a warning for the concerned consumer.
Many genetically altered organisms were changed to better withstand pesticides. These pesticides may be killing bees that pollinate the very crops farmers are trying to protect. Who doesn’t try to wash these poisons off their fresh fruits and vegetables before eating them?
Sunstein correctly states that the result of labeling GM foods “could be economic damage” to the producers of such foods. Money, and not the needs of consumers, is clearly the driving force behind the push against GM labels. If GM foods are so great, why are they trying to hide them?
White River Junction