The battle for GMO labeling in the United States is as loud as it’s ever been, with Maine, Vermont, and Connecticut passing legislation to require clear on-package labels for genetically engineered food. But the big food companies keep fighting back to keep people from knowing what they’re buying. Among their favorite arguments is that GMO labeling is too hard to manage in their complicated supply chains.
The rest of the world, however, has already taken a strong stand for clear on-package GMO labeling. Currently, 64 countries—including all 28 countries in the European Union, Japan, South Korea, and Russia—require labels.
Some companies in the U.S., like Campbell Soup, have decided to voluntarily label their products, while many of the companies opposing labeling laws in the U.S. continue to do business in countries with mandatory labeling requirements already in place. They should be able to do the same thing here in the U.S.
We have just as much of a right to know what’s in our food as people in the rest of the world. The food companies, who already label their products elsewhere, should start to do so at home.