reply to post by seagull
You keep mentioning increased costs for the farmer, but your claim doesn't hold water.
We're talking about the addition of the single and very simple phrase 'Contains GMO' or conversely, an equally simple phrase 'Does not contain GMO'
onto the *already about to be printed anyway* packaging at the packaging factory.
Are you seriously basing your entire argument on this?
The cost of the packaging will remain the same, the words GMO or NO GMO are not going to be printed in liquid gold, or studded with diamonds mate.
And what are you talking about industry finalising the regs..the regs will be simplicity itself...either a food product, destined for the domestic
market HAS GMO derived ingredients or DOES NOT have GMO ingredients! Please don't try to say some industry panel will be spending millions and take
months or years to arrive at this screamingly obvious conclusion. It does, or it doesn't contain GMO is as hard as it gets.
There...i've just solved the industry's dilemma for them..i won't hold my breath waiting for my consultation money.
There will be NO extra costs for the farmer, and NO extra costs, other than those the industry think they'll get away with, for the consumer.
It's a deliberate scare tactic designed to financially frighten people, hoping to sway them away from insisting on the right to know the origin of
their food right at the point of purchase through simple labelling if they think it's going to drive up already high food costs. When times are hard,
people vote with their budget in mind, the corps obviously know this.
If you truely believe there will be these price rises if labelling to indicate the presence of GMO ingredients is made mandatory, then i challenge you
to show exactly how these costs are going to ramp up, if you accept, i'd ask that you be precise and not vague and break down real world costs as you
percieve them, that you feel might contribute to the rising costs you speak of and apply them to your argument.
But in reality, i've already answered the point of package labelling being free, as obviously if the package is being manufactured, printed with farm
name, product name and description, cooking advice and serving suggestions, contraindications for allergy sufferers (peanuts for example), weight,
Adding the GMO or NO GMO printing, in addition to all the other print on the package isn't going to make an iota of difference from a package
manufacturing cost point of view...if anything, package manufacturers will be using the 'free GMO or NO-GMO labelling' additions as part of their
marketing to keep existing customers and draw in new business...i certainly would do if i were in the packging industry, as there is literally no cost
in doing so.
edit on 6-11-2013 by MysterX because: (no reason given)