The editors of Scientific American are wading into the GMO labeling debate.
In an article posted on the publication’s website, they write that labels for GMO foods are a bad idea.
Rather than giving people useful information, they argue that mandatory GMO labels would intensify the misconception that GMO foods endanger people’s health.
Other key points:
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the World Health Organization and the exceptionally vigilant European Union agree that GMOs are just as safe as other foods.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tested all the GMOs on the market to determine whether they are toxic or allergenic. They are not.
Because conventional crops often require more water and pesticides than GMOs do, the former are usually more expensive. As a result, we would all have to pay a premium on non-GMO foods—and for a questionable return.