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Who's really behind the GMO labeling movement?

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GMO labeling advocates know all too well that GMO labeling may be misinterpreted by American consumers. In fact, that’s what they’re counting on. But they better be careful what they wish for. A production system without GMOs could bring back a lot of inefficiencies in modern farming.

Washington is the latest state to take up the mantle of mandatory GMO labeling.

According to an article in USA Today, Initiative 522 will go before voters Nov. 5. “We believe that we have a right to know what’s in our food,” said Elizabeth Larter, the Seattle-based communications director for the Yes on 522 campaign. “This campaign is not about whether genetically modified organisms are good or bad; this is really just providing more information for consumers.”

Yeah right.

There’s little doubt that GMO-labeling is closely associated with organic agriculture, if not its brainchild. The organic industry has never been satisfied with being a niche market for the preppies and purists. You can’t blame any industry for wanted to grow, but these guys want the whole ball of wax. They want to run commercial agriculture out of business and bring back 19th century farming.

Their quest is simple.

They’ve worked long and hard to promote their products by spreading misinformation about commercial agriculture, an industry that relies heavily on GMOs. Their misinformation ranges from claims that GMO crops are unsafe to eat to assertions that commercial agriculture is not “sustainable.”

They also know full well that if GMO foods were labeled that many Americans might construe the label as a warning, rather than informative wording. America’s kneejerk reaction would be reluctance to purchase GMO items, which happened in Europe by the way, resulting in grocery stores eventually removing foods containing GMOs from the shelves, even though science has proven over and over that there is nothing wrong with them. Nothing.

In fact, GMOs are a key component of agricultural sustainability. Because of high yields attained with GMOs, food can be produced with less fuel and water per bushel. Biotechnology companies are working on new traits that will bump yields to levels we could not have imagined 15 years ago.

Make no mistake. The real reason the organic movement is anti-GMO has nothing to do with science or activism or wanting to do what’s right. It’s business. They want to capitalize on manufactured fears about GMOs in hopes of forcing them off the shelves of American grocery stores, and thereby placing commercial operators at a competitive disadvantage by impeding their ability to raise crops efficiently.

They should be careful what they wish for. Without GMOs, production costs for commodities would skyrocket, pesticide applications would increase and yields would fall. Our export competitors would be absolutely delighted.

It’s time for these GMO labeling supporters to return to their daily pontifications on what Lady Gaga eats for breakfast and leave the very serious job of producing commodities to the American farmer.

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on Oct 17, 2013

I am not certified organic so we are in the "all natural" prodcution. If you have so much against the organic industry, do you care if I or the many of us who do not want modified food, want GMO labeling? Isn't it a silly idea that America farmers need the support of giant Monsantos to produce seed for them to feed the world? This is mostly about the integrity of the American farmers and you farmers who are reading this, this about your integrity, not the Monsantos out there. Check it out. Is there an accountability to FDA or are they integrated?
The whole problem of grain price is more about marketing than production. GMO has certainly helped farmers become more profitable but that's DOES NOT mean GMO grain is healthy. There are many things in this world like that if you do the research.
Real conservative Christians believe that corporate America has become materialistic in it's view of production, profits, healthcare, and yes, even church is a business. That didn't happen overnight either. It's now coming full circle and we're meeting our own problems. The food industry in America produces some of the most nutrient depleted food and a lot of it. Much of this is a marketing problem. It's not all bad. There is a lot of good about our system and the American farmers are hardworking individuals who care. So be informed about where your food is going and who's table it's going on. Your neighbor down the road, your cousins in the metroplex. Farmers need to connect with the public and produce nutritious food that is not genetically modified. Most of this modification business only creates more need for modifications. Seed is not like a car or tractor since it's not manmade and the more modification there is, the more modification will be required. What are you going to do about that? Monsantos will keep modifying. And since they will keep doing it, there will still be informed people who care enough to grow non genetically modified food for the informed who want it.
Neither is the agriculture industry being responsible when it does not want GMO labeling on the food packaging. I am legally licensed to sell raw milk and I want it to be labeled raw because there is a lot of people looking for raw milk since it's nutrient value is much higher than pastuerized milk.
I recommend farmers everywhere to do the research themselves on the GMO industry since the mega corporations are only looking for ways to do it without responsible marketing. You, the farmer, have an opportunity to produce real food for a growing market of non GMO markets.

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