The international scientific consensus is in after thousands of peer reviewed published studies. Foods produced with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe (sometimes safer), environmentally friendly, and sustainable. Mandatory labeling laws are a deceptive tactic ("Food industry forms group to stop gene-modified labeling laws," Feb. 6). There is no science behind the anti-GMO movement, placing it in the same category as the creationist and anti-vaccination movements.
If House Bill 1191 is passed, thousands of common grocery items will be relabeled just for our state alone, unless they begin using higher priced ingredients. Farmers and food producers would have to create expensive and separate production systems and transportation methods. New record keeping systems would need to be created to track these operations. All of these costs would then be passed on to the consumers. All for something most of us in Maryland have been consuming for more than 20 years without any negative impact to our health. When Grape Nuts removed GMOs, the amount of cereal in the box went down, the nutrition went down, and the price went up.
Mandatory labeling laws are also confusing to the customer. Mandatory labels are used for products that are dangerous. GMOs are not dangerous. Humans have been genetically modifying food for thousands of years. Companies simply are using a new technique that is under a much more controlled environment, and (unlike selective breeding) is actually tested before being sold.
Please support our farmers. Please support science and research. Maryland delegates should say no to House Bill 1191.
Stephan Neidenbach, Annapolis
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