The fight over the future of food is here, according to Lauren Hepler in this article for GreenBiz. We are at a precarious crux in history. Given the increasing population, difficulty finding farm labor, and climate change, we seem to be on a collision course with hunger. However, there are tools that can make a difference, from GMOs to robot harvesters. The public, government, and agribusiness are facing off in this struggle over labeling and GMOs.
A good read from a scientist/founder of a biotech company that believes GMO foods are safe AND thinks they should be identified on food packaging: Jason Kelly is a founder of a biotechnology company that makes products with genetically modified organisms for the food industry and he believes that food labeling is a good idea. He sides with 88% of his colleagues in thinking that modified foods are safe (see graphic below), although that number is much lower in the general public.
“Foods with bioengineered ingredients are safe, but shrouding them in secrecy breeds doubt and fear. Clear, informative labeling is a first step toward transparency that can build trust and educate consumers.”
Read the entire article here.
The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine concluded that monkeying with the genetics of our food doesn’t produce the “Frankenfood” that some opponents claim – but on the flip side it isn’t producing substantially increased yields, as promised. The committee examined over 1000 studies before coming to their conclusion.
Read the article in the Press/Herald