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GMO debate: part deux; COOL could expand to GMO labeling

In Agribusiness on July 21, 2009 at 10:06 pm

We have to be careful as we pursue our defense of GMO food products that we don’t completely disenfranchise the most important person in the whole arena: the consumer.

Lest we forget, it is the consumer who plunks down his or her money for the products we sell. Therefore, their opinions count.

We can talk until we’re blue in the proverbial face about “educating consumers” about where their food comes from and why GMO isn’t bad for them. But as I’m fond of saying, “educate  and consumer are two words that should never be used in the same sentence.”

It is the role of the consumer to educate us and it is our role to listen.

Now, I’m not saying we need to completely flip our position on GMO. I’m just saying we need to be prepared to come down on the side of the consumer, whichever side that turns out to be.

Most likely, we’ll continue to have a majority that don’t have a problem with GMO and a minority that want nothing to do with it.

It is, however, important for us to honor the consumer’s desire to know where his or her food comes from and how it’s produced. After all, it is the consumer who is the reason for what we do.

In any case, don’t be surprised if we see a requirement to label GMO foods in the not-too-distant future. It just seems like a natural progression from where we are. If you’re not aware of it, you should know about http://www.thecampaign.org/, a grassroots movement to get GMO foods labeled.

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