Are Americans Too Stupid For GMO Labeling ? This Congressional Panel Thinks so!

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2014-07-15 13:53:15 -0500
Started 2014-07-12 07:16:46 -0500

No labels, mis-labels, confusion caused as a result! This congressional panel thinks we Americans are to ignorant to react in an intelligent way! They are concerned about labeling causing a reaction that would hurt the economy! I think truthfulness in labeling is the bottom line. The simplicity of truthfulness, is buried in political bull, that turns a simple matter of being honest, into complicated nonsense!
What do you think about this?

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41 replies

haoleboy 2014-07-14 20:17:53 -0500 Report

science based look at biotechnology and GMO's

kindlekm 2014-07-14 15:55:52 -0500 Report

I don't particularly like all the bashing that GMO plants/crops get do some people/ companies use bad practices because they can (such as huge use of pesticide because the crops won't die from it ) yes does that mean all GMO is bad NO
those of us on insulin would not be able to get for as cheap as we can if at all if it wasn't for GMO e-coli , they splice a insulin producing gene into the e-coli and it then natural pumps out insulin or whatever drug / chemical you want and have found a RNA / gene sequence for

but i still agree with the main premise of the post that it should be on the label if you don't want it fine then you don't have to eat/get it

Poodle gal
Poodle gal 2014-07-14 07:58:10 -0500 Report

As always I think you are spot on!!! Everyone would benefit from clear, concise labeling laws—-We, as people with diabetes, should demand this transparency so that we can more easily make informed food choices! Thanks Jigsaw!

jigsaw 2014-07-14 18:59:44 -0500 Report

A large part of the problem is the deception caused by the lack of labeling. You may think your consuming something that is normally healthy, when in fact it may not even be what you think it is! It just might be some sort of derivative that is quite unhealthy. Of course time will tell, but if a food is genetically altered, the long term effects are still unknown, and I believe they should be labeled!

ConnieMarie 2014-07-13 09:37:19 -0500 Report

I buy USDA Organic, I buy labelled Non GMO products - I vote with my grocery money. I looked up GMO studies & listened to Dr Crainstein & Dr Blaylock on their findings. No GMO's for me. The only companies hurt are DOW, Monsanto & Koch Bros investments. The 'round up ready' is killing off bees & butterflies - that means bad news for us - polinators go we have no food

jigsaw 2014-07-13 17:47:02 -0500 Report

It would take some tremendous effort to effect the giant conglomerates that you mentioned. These conglomerates do a substantial amount of damage to the environment as well as some substantial positive things.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-14 09:19:21 -0500 Report

Exactly Jigsaw. They may do harm but they do good as well. I think people get so hung up on things they forget to look at the total package. As far as there being no food, that is not going to happen in our lifetime.

tabby9146 2014-07-14 13:52:59 -0500 Report

I don't believe it either, about no food, and yet there are so many articles swirling around about this, trying to scare people.

kdc53 2014-07-12 21:54:39 -0500 Report

They are killing us. Companies and government.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-13 14:53:32 -0500 Report

They may be killing you but not "us". Knowledge is power. The more you have the less control government and big businesses have over you. Some of the us you refer to are knowledgeable enough to adapt to change. Truth in advertising and labeling benefits the consumer. The more knowledge the consumer has means the consumer can make an informed choice when making purchases.

jigsaw 2014-07-13 14:03:55 -0500 Report

The more informed we are, the less effect they will have on us!

haoleboy 2014-07-13 14:58:19 -0500 Report

More informed? There is no lack of information out there, which was the point of my first contribution to this discussion.
We need to become better informed by casting a critical eye on the information that is available. It is way to easy to believe the people that are shouting the loudest and appealing to our emotions and paranoia. My contention is that we have to be a lot more skeptical and demand more hard evidence (from both sides) for the claims being made.
I am all for labeling GMO foods but I am not convinced that every GMO item is evil and will damage our health.
Once the labels go on will people continue to consume Canola Oil? Corn and all its various by-products? Strawberries? Bananas? Soy products? Tomatoes? The list goes on and on. We have been eating GMO products for years.
Again … I AM PRO-LABELING. I really would like to know so that I can make an INFORMED choice … just like I do now with organic products (the requirements for which need to be improved).

tabby9146 2014-07-14 13:55:22 -0500 Report

yes I have had lots of canola oil for yrs and I hope I don't regret it. I have only recently tried to eliminate it, but who knows. in diabetes class, this was one oil that was highly recommended. I had made the switch before being diagnosed. I use olive oil but the extra virgin that is supposed to be so good for us, is expensive! I can't buy it as much as I would like. looking for other kinds, heard a lot of good things about some others but not sure what to thik about some of this, though I do believe that most GMOs are bad..

jigsaw 2014-07-13 15:12:10 -0500 Report

I believe we are on the same page. Becoming more informed does not necessarily insinuate a lack of info. There definitely is a lack of unbiased research however!

kdc53 2014-07-13 17:20:14 -0500 Report

I agree. After all, the FDA only uses the drug companies studies that are manufacturing the product. Knowledge is power, but I don't have the expertise of knowing what is correct in the knowledge base. I can only go by what has been found. ADA advocated carbs for years, until others came out with conflicting knowledge.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-12 17:14:26 -0500 Report

Jigsaw if you spend time on line what congress says could very well be true. In some cases if you don't want people to know something put it in a book.

Truthfulness is always the best way to go. Unfortunately not everyone wants to hear or read the truth. There are also the "food activist" who think just about everything eaten or drank in this country is bad for you.

I think people should be better informed when it comes to labeling and let them decide to eat or not eat something.

jigsaw 2014-07-13 14:08:47 -0500 Report

Knowledge is power! I believe you're right on the money! I'm not sure where the concept of truth has gone, but it doesn't seem that politicians are interested, in many circumstances concerning it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-14 09:16:51 -0500 Report

I think the concept of truth went out the window because as Jack Nicholson said to Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men, "Truth, you can't handle the truth" most people can't handle the truth.

When things got to be politically correct, the truth became sugar coated and this is what people opt for. I refuse to be politically correct.

tabby9146 2014-07-14 13:56:36 -0500 Report

we would not eat at all, or hardly, if we believed everything about what they say about foods these days, almost everything is supposed to be bad and can cause this disease or that one.

Pegsy 2014-07-12 13:48:57 -0500 Report

I think people have the right to know. Whether they are ignorant and what they do with that information is up to the individual. By not providing the information they are being denied the decision for themselves. That is wrong. Very wrong.

jigsaw 2014-07-13 14:20:14 -0500 Report

I agree with you completely! It should be up to the individual to remain responsible for what we put in our bodies. The govermnment should be doing what they were intended to do, and that is to help protect the public by governing and legislating laws that protect the public, and this country as a whole!
Amazing that there seems to be a creed of judgement concerning the ability of the public to make intelligent decisions. Seriously, is that what these officials were elected to do? I kind of doubt it.

TopazDee 2014-07-12 13:33:46 -0500 Report

What an insult how dare they say that about my friends, I feel mad and hurt.
Stay safe xxx

jigsaw 2014-07-13 14:23:25 -0500 Report

They're not only saying it, but they are allowing a great deal of abuse concerning the food industry, to take place. That's just the tip of the iceberg!

tabby9146 2014-07-12 12:54:21 -0500 Report

hurt the economy? ha. thanks for the article. I read lots of articles on GMOs and how they are banned in several other countries and I so wish they were here, or at least, detailed labeling. yes it is nonsense!

jigsaw 2014-07-13 14:25:20 -0500 Report

Apparently, they have failed to realize that lining their pockets with green, is far from the entire economy!

robertoj 2014-07-12 12:03:40 -0500 Report

I'm afraid many are but mostly they ignore problem and are manipulated against their own best interests.People often wake up when they develop an illness.

haoleboy 2014-07-12 10:29:31 -0500 Report

I'm all for truth in labeling, but …
I do understand the concern. Someone once said "the public is an idiot" and if you spend much time online in social media you would probably agree. "Food Terrorists" are omnipresent online (successfully) spreading fear over the latest scary sounding chemical found in the food we eat, more often than not with no scientific evidence to support their claims ,,, but that is of no import just as long as they can get you to visit their blog/website where they undoubtedly will bombard you with ads for "healthy, natural" alternatives and "cures" and very little, if any scientific evidence to back their rhetoric (Food Babe and "Dr" Mercola come to mind)..
Cynical … perhaps I am.
Skeptical … I most certainly am.
but … given all that …
Give us truth on our labels and let us decide.
(here is a healthy dose of GMO skepticism for those with an open mind:


jigsaw 2014-07-13 14:32:10 -0500 Report

Amen! Skepticism, in this situation sounds like a wise decision. This is especially good, if it leads one to dig for accurate info!

theladyiscrazy 2014-07-12 10:01:36 -0500 Report

Well, if that is the case then no one should label any of the products with any nutritional information. Businesses fought when the top 8 allergens had to be listed, but it was very important AND it actually helped sales since people could tell at a glance whether they could have an item or not. I have to eat gluten free (wheat allergy) and I still have to watch things and it is difficult even with a list of ingredients to determine on somethings IF they are gluten free or not because an ingredient may have gluten in it. So, when it states "wheat", I instantly know I cannot have it. My daughter is deathly allergic to tree nuts, and you would be amazed at how many things are processed on the same equipment as tree nuts. So, having that on the labels is a HUGE help. The same thing for GMOs. My personal take: is if you are so concerned that it will affect the sales (aka decrease) then that tells me that they know there are people don't want GMO products, but they don't want to stop making GMOs.

jigsaw 2014-07-13 14:41:34 -0500 Report

Amazing how the logic of safety with foods, seems to be coming so twisted, and distorted. Somehow, the BEAST, known as greed seem to rear it's ugly face in almost every case. Apparently, it is considered by authorities that be, that it is acceptable to utilize the public as guinea pigs, and at their own expense. Obviously there has not been enough research concerning GMOs, at this point in time.

Type1Lou 2014-07-12 09:07:08 -0500 Report

Back in the Middle Ages, the "powers that be" (Church and State) did not welcome the discovery of the printing press because then, the "masses" would be able to read for themselves rather than be told what was good and right for them! Fast forward to now and I don't see much difference in that repressive approach and the stance on GMO labelling. I want to be able to make an informed decision for myself. (I would have probably been burned as a heretic or a witch back in those earlier times.)

jigsaw 2014-07-13 14:52:32 -0500 Report

Seems to be a continuing tug of war! The only way to get the upper hand is through education, leading to a greater majority of those that are informed.
Let me assure you, if we were back in the Middle Ages, I would have stood up for you! Then, most likely, both of us would have gone down together in a burst of roaring flames. Well, come to think of it, there have been a couple of improvements in the present.

Type1Lou 2014-07-13 15:16:23 -0500 Report

Thank heavens we live in a bit more enlightened time…Had I lived in the Middle Ages, I would have died soon after my diagnosis with diabetes, had I even survived childhood.

jigsaw 2014-07-14 19:06:17 -0500 Report

It probably would have been the measles, that would have done me in. I don't think I would have been around long enough for diabetes to even be a thought!

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