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.]