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It will create greater accountability in food production, since manufacturers will have to be more aware of where they get their raw materials from, which they should be doing in the first place.
How would it benefit farmers?
It would also benefit farmers more.
Prices won't go up. You'll just see boxes of corn flakes and tortillas that now say "may contain GM materials" along with the list of ingredients in small print, whether they do or not.
If the prices go up....so what?
How about a more informative reason like a "non-GM" label?
prices go up for a hoard of ridiculous reasons, we might as well have a reason that is actually beneficial.
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Labeling isn't a dumb idea unless you think informed decisions are dumb too.
What choice is there when every bag of tortillas says "may contain GMO"?
Because that's what's gonna happen.
My question is this. With the added expense and legal risk involved, isn't the simplest solution for the producer to simply put the "May contain GMO" label on everything? It seems that is the only way to avoid legal risk (and increased costs).
So how does this result in a better informed consumer?
"Non-GM" labeling is voluntary. It is not required but it is a wonderful marketing tool if your market is those who are afraid of GM products. Sort of like "dolphin safe" tuna.
That is like me creating a new type of artificial sweetner for example and rather than me labeling it, have everyone else that have been around a longtime require THEM to label their products as not having my sweetner in it.
Why would GM crops be different? Why doesn't a new hybrid have the same potential?
Virtually every production crop we grow won't survive without human intervention. GM could potentially create unnatural and possibly undesirable crops that do survive and become nuisance plants.
We've been growing GM crops in the US for 20 years.
There could also be hidden effects that don't necessarily manifest themselves and could go years and destroy lives before the origin of the problem is discovered.
Adding a few extra characters telling consumers "Genetically Modified" isn't going to add anything to the production price.