In November of this year, Californians will vote on a ballot initiative that requires labeling of GM food. Europe has had this regulation for years. However, due to strong resistance to GMOs, very little genetically engineered food has made to European groceries. Whereas, in the US, it is estimated that 70% of processed foods sold in supermarkets contain genetically modified components. If GM labeling is required, it may surprise many how much GM food they consume.
The controversy over genetically-modified (GM) food continues. Since the Flavr-Savr Tomatos were first introduced almost 20 years ago, hundreds of thousands of people have been eating GM plants. Yet, concerns continues. How much caution is warranted and is there perhaps a reason to welcome the availability of GM foods?
Just published is the first in a series of upcoming articles to explore some of these issues and concerns around genetic modified plants and animals making their way into our food supply. For some perspective on the background and the development of GM Food, take a look at "Genetically Modified Food: How Did We Get Here?"