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Navigating Through Bio-engineered Food Labels

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You have seen the food labels on processed foods that boast NON-GMO. In the future, new labeling laws will take effect to help consumers define where these types of foods are found and it will not be easy. Proponents proclaim that GM foods are safe for humans; however critics say that research has been manipulated or that the existing studies are not reflective of some of the potential problems that may emerge in the future.

For example, many of the current studies have only been short-term feeding (about 3 months) studies on animals and that if problems do exist, they will not show up in that short time frame. GM crops are more of a concern in European countries than in the U.S. that bring to light many of concerns that American consumers are not aware of.

“Somewhere between 60 to 70 percent of processed foods on the market today have a GM ingredient, but many of those foods may not require a label according to the proposed rules.” All foods are processed to some degree; however, the ultra-processed food companies are voicing a strong opposition to labeling regulations.

The following article outlines some of the future problems associated with future labeling requirements. It may become a moot point if the food companies get their way with so many exemptions. It seems that reading those long lists of ingredients may be the only sure way of finding out what exactly is in the processed food we consume.


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