Genetically modified foods have become a more common staple in US households than most would care to imagine. There are a lot of people who may be unaware of this fact. A big reason for this is that most of the foods that may contain genetically modified plant products in various forms are not being labeled properly to inform the buying public. This, after several decades of GM plants being cultivated, harvested and processed in order to become ingredients to some of the foodstuffs that people find in the supermarket today.
The proper labeling of foodstuff containing ingredients coming from GM crops is an issue that has become more complicated than it seems. From the perspective of the ordinary consumer, they have the right to know what it is that they are putting in the food table, including the ingredients that such foodstuffs are made of.
On the part of the corporations who make use of GM crops as ingredients, using a GM food label on their products may connote a negative perception among consumers that their product may not be safe, although tests may prove the opposite. This may lead to certain unverified fears that would lead to fewer sales.
Currently, the US government may be siding on the corporations’ point of view on this issue. They haven’t strictly required adequate and proper labeling of food products that may contain GM crops. In the end, consumers may still be buying foodstuffs that contain GM food ingredients and then eating it without being aware.
This sensitive issue about GM food and proper labeling may all boil down to one thing- despite genetic modification of plants being a decades old practice, it may still be generally considered as an untried and unproven technology when it comes to human and environmental safety.
True, scientists and genetic engineers has successfully created GM crops and plants that continue to be cultivated today. But such crops seem to have been introduced without regard to how they might impact the human population. There seems to be a lack of sufficient safety testing done on GM crops to totally ensure that they are truly safe for human use. This is the area where GM foods may begin to be viewed with uncertainty. It is this uncertainty that drives the unfounded fears among some consumers which, in turn, give GM crops a negative label.
The answer to the matter concerning GM food labeling may still evade parties on different sides of the issue. But those who might be on the shorter end of the deal are the consumers who are not aware of this.
What it seems to look like is that those companies that deal with GM plants in one way or the other and process food products without providing sufficient GM labeling are trying to sell products with some disregard to the potential consequences to consumers. The effects may not be evident immediately, so the corporations find that reassuring for now. But then, it is those unaware consumers who might end up as the guinea pigs in this setup. That is quite a hard pill to swallow.