GMO labels

Science writers have long suspected that the anti-GMO movement is linked to the anti-vaccine movement. Indeed, both are predicated upon one of the biggest myths in modern society: "Natural is better."1

In an interview with Science, Seth Mnookin recalled how a public health official warned him that anti-vaxxers were particularly prominent in locations that had a Whole Foods. Mr. Mnookin concluded, "It's those communities with the Prius driving, composting, organic food-eating people."

So, that's why it wasn't surprising when March Against Monsanto, a group that opposes GMOs, became a...

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 1.07.00 PMAccording to numerous news reports, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced in a letter to USDA employees that the department is developing a new type of certification protocol that companies could use to label their products non-GMO. As anyone even slightly aware of US food issues knows, the dispute over GMO labeling is one of the thorniest issues in the marketplace today. (Note: there is nothing of this nature posted on the...

153697219The New York legislature, like those in other states, is considering mandating labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods. ACSH is firmly against such laws, for reasons we have presented on numerous occasions. However, for good or ill, such mandates seem to have lives of their own.

A new study published on the website of Cornell University s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management investigated the costs that would accrue if such a labeling law were passed. Professor Bill Lesser conducted the study, in...

DNAThis morning the NY Times editorial board weighed in on the recent ballot initiative in Washington State, which would have required foods to carry labels if they contained any genetically modified ingredients. The initiative failed in Tuesday s election by a 54 to 46 percent vote although many ballots (all mailed in) are still uncounted.

As the...