The problem with GMO labeling

Is that right on schedule, as soon as there appears to be some political support to give customers the right to know what’s in their food, the opposition moved the goalposts. So sure, we might label genetically modified organisms, but eh, the genetically edited crops are just fine, since it’s just a copy & paste of genes from one grass to another right?

What could possibly go wrong?

The farmer says we need farm-of-origin labeling, and traceability all the way to the consumer of exactly what the label on the seed bag the farmer planted says. This is the only way to know what’s in your food, is to know what the farmer planted, and (please excuse the advertising) the only place I know of you can get this right now are the soybeans I grew.

I cannot in good conscience support GMO labeling when things like clearfield wheat get away with claiming it’s ‘not a genetically modified product’, because it was produced with good-old-fashioned ‘natural’ selection, where ‘natural’ means spray a toxic chemical on the seeds until you find one that has a mutation that allows it to survive the toxic chemical.

But I’ll bet you a bag of soybeans that if I grew that wheat, and then saved the seeds, Oregon State and BASF would be looking for their IP extortion (I mean royalty) payments.

If you want to do something good for the food system, don’t label GMOs.  Instead put a list of every organization that claims to own the right to limit the seed, or any other kind of IP or trade secret in the food.

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