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What does the Senate’s GMO labeling bill actually do?
- All food manufacturers will be required to disclose any genetically modified ingredients in the products they sell in grocery stores.
- But those companies have a choice: They can either put a text statement or symbol directly on the food packaging itself indicating GM ingredients. Or, alternatively, they could include a digital QR code that customers would have to scan with their smartphone if they want to learn about any GM ingredients.
- Smaller companies will also have a fourth option: offering a phone number or URL on the package that consumers can access for more info.
Are GMO labels actually informative?
Not particularly. Sorry!
The fact that a plant’s genes have been altered through recombinant DNA techniques — rather than conventional crossbreeding or. . . or whatever — is simply not very meaningful.
What would actually be meaningful is to hear more about what specific altered traits a plant or animal actually has — and what those traits mean. . .
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