Reality-Check
May 16, 2014
Myth #4: Monsanto opposes GM food labeling

False. Monsanto fully supports voluntary marketing labels—such as the “organic” labelling that already exists in most countries—for consumers who want to have a choice of foods that don’t contain GM ingredients.

Labelling was not mandatory in the United Kingdom when we ran an ad to support the voluntary effort of retailers to provide information they believed would be of interest to their customers.

We do oppose mandatory labelling of products with GM ingredients in the absence of any demonstrated risks. This infographic illustrates how mandatory labelling would be twisted to imply that food products containing GM ingredients are somehow inferior to their conventional or organic counterparts–which is untrue.

Proponents of labelling initiatives in the United States today are misleading consumers about alleged risks of GM foods, and have admitted that their goal is not just to require a label on  such foods, but to ultimately ban these foods altogether. These proponents are waging a campaign of fear tactics and misinformation about the safety and benefits of these crops, as exactly as they did in the UK and other European countries 15 years ago. While we respect that some people may choose to avoid GM ingredients by buying organic foods, it is wrong to mislead and scare people about the safety of their food choices.

You can find our public statement on food labelling here.

[If you’ve heard any other stories about Monsanto that you suspect aren’t true, check out our other blog entries in this series or download our pocket-sized Myths & Facts leaflet, which is available in several languages.]

Comments

    акумулатори starline
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    June 4, 2014
    The whole of the packaging is done with the help of packing machines. Plant-animal interactions and the structure and function of mangrove forest ecosystems. A Deal Maker always has his eyes set on opportunity.
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    Brandon Mitchener
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    June 5, 2014
    Hello, I'm happy to publish your comment, but not sure it makes sense. What do mangrove forest ecosystems have to do with anything? We of course use labeling and packing machinery and all of the seed bags we (Monsanto) sell are clearly labeled and farmers know what they're getting. The problem (= virtual impossibility) is keeping this level of transparency and hermetic separation of GM and non-GM seeds throughout the food chain and all the way to the label to the consumer. That would carry a huge cost and studies show consumers are not willing to pay it -- which is why 95% of consumers DON'T buy organic food, which is by definition non-GM. Brandon Mitchener (the editor)
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