GMOs are on the Go

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by McKenna Whelan

Is it necessary to know how our every bite is grown and engineered? In 64 countries, genetically engineered foods require labels, or they are outright banned, though that is not the case for the United States. A great deal of environmentalists all over the nation are protesting against GMOs: they demand labels.

In July of this year, Vermont will enact a law to require labeling on products that have been genetically modified. Last month, General Mills, a U.S. based food company, announced they will be labeling genetically modified ingredients in their products.  Other widely-known food based companies such as Kellogg’s, Mars, and Campbells are jumping on the bandwagon to label their genetically modified ingredients. Some of these huge corporations have an aversion to the idea of labeling their products, but they are willing to comply with the people and the Vermont state law.

General Mills understands the difficulties that arise with the process of labeling their modified products, exclaiming, “We can’t label our products for only one state without significantly driving up costs for our consumers, and we simply will not do that.”

  However, the food company proceeds to acknowledge the demands of the people, expressing, “At the same time, we know that some consumers are interested in knowing which products contain GMO ingredients.”

Americans have grown eager to learn more about their food and health. Oakdale Librarian Mrs. Amy Murdoch voices, “When I shop at the grocery store, I read the labels and look for the products that are GMO free or organic.”

 Murdoch is not alone; many consumers are concerned about their food and what it contains. Oakdale High School Senior Madi Smedley communicates, “I always try to buy organic food because I know that way I can avoid consuming GMOs.”

Mars, a food company that is known for it’s candy, expresses, “We firmly believe GM ingredients are safe.” On the other hand, they also understand that people are curious if what they’re eating is GMO free or not.

Mars goes on to say, “Our two goals are to manufacture and sell products that meet the highest standards of quality and food safety and to satisfy our consumers’ needs.”

A lot of huge American food companies are voicing their opinions on labeling their products that contain GMOs, as well listening to the consumers who are buying. Vermont, environmentalists, and the people have really stepped up the game for American food companies.

Citations;

Charles, Dan. “How Little Vermont Got Big Food Companies To Label GMOs.” NPR. NPR, 27 Mar. 2016. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.

“What Are We Eating?” LabelGMOs. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2016

Kelly, Margie. “Top 7 Genetically Modified Crops.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.