Experts discussed and studied the problem of labeling genetically modified food. dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Chair of the Task Force in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, along with other authors gathered information to produce a peer-reviewed publication article titled: “Potential Impacts marked mandatory for genetically modified food in the United States.
Proponents of mandatory labeling of genetically modified food (also known as transgenic), he stated the right to know what is in one’s food as an important attribute of a democratic society. Opponents believe that such a label will increase the cost of food and confuse consumers, without correspondingly improving human health or food safety.
The authors concluded that mandatory labeling has potentially negative effects and called for better information on this issue. They recommended that both lawmakers and consumers be provided with independent and objective information to shift the national debate away from contentious statements to a more informed, fact-based debate.
According to Eenennaam, “the bottom line is that we need better communication regarding the scientific issues and the potential legal and economic consequences of genetically modified food labeling.”
The CAST 54 document and its companion CAST Agriculture (abstract) are available free of charge on the website: www.cast-science.org/publications, along with many other scientific publications.