Presently, the United States is in the midst of a debate arguing over the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Americans who identify themselves as part of the organic community want GMO labeling, which will require all food products to recognize any GMO ingredients, such as corn for example, used in its production. For the longest time, their call has been heavily ignored thanks to the efforts of huge corporations like Monsanto. That may all change as the Obama Administration has ordered a review of current GMO laws, which haven't been updated since the '90s.
Despite the fact that the organic community has the President of the United States on their side now, there are still a lot of powerful entities in support of GMOs. Reportedly, USA Today -- a mainstream news company -- made their view known, claiming those who oppose GMOs ignorant.
The exclusive op-ed by USA Today takes a strong stance in favor of GMOs. It seems the prominent mainstream media company is taking pop shots at the organic community as well as companies making anti-GMO decisions for their products or services. This is done by the former being likened to conspiracy theorists (which can only be assumed as the crazy ones) and the latter (specifically Chipotle and General Mills) as validating ignorance and hysteria. Eventually, the op-ed goes in a direction trying to prove GMOs are indeed safe by referencing a Pew survey stating 88 percent of scientists say GMOs are safe for consumption.
Of course, many in the organic community would not take USA Today's words lying down. Earth. We Are One actually took the time to analyze what was written and provide a rebuttal. To counter the scientific studies in favor of GMOs, they brought up studies criticizing them instead, especially a recent study determining "Roundup Ready" GMO crops as probably carcinogenic by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, the linchpin is the fact that there are no long-term studies in existence that would deem GMOs sustainable for human consumption.
In the end, USA Today is going to believe what they believe and the organic community is going to believe what they believe. And according to the latter, that is why GMO labeling is necessary. If someone believes GMOs don't hurt them, they have the freedom to eat them. For those who think otherwise, they should have the freedom to refuse them by refusing foods that are labeled to have or be GMOs.
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