The bioengineered label replacing GMO claims has been in place for four months. Here’s what we know – Genetic Literacy Project

You may have recently noticed new labels on some of your food. As of January 1st, 2022, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires food companies to label their genetically-engineered foods as “bioengineered.”  What effect will this have on consumer acceptance of these products?Food labels create confusion over what’s considered “safe” and “healthy” food. They all represent different things, and some are just a clever way to increase the product’s price or reputation. So, what makes this “bioengineered” label special, and why is this change happening now? Let’s start by taking a look at the GMO label of the past.The ‘Non-GMO’ LabelThe Non-GMO Project, a nonprofit based in Bellingham, Washington, was created in 2007 and is responsible for the “non-GMO” butterfly label that we see on many of our foods. The premise is that consumers should know how their food was grown. However, in many cases, the non-GMO label has been used to influence the consumer’s thinking that GMOs are unhealthy and non-GMO is better for them.Fear is a great motivator and in this case, people were scared of harming their health by eating GMOs. This is similar to how many consumers associate organic as the only food choice for long-term health and sustainability
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Viewpoint: ‘The bioengineered food label is not expected to have any benefits to human health or the environment’ — The cowardly, useless stupidity behind the new genetic modification law – Genetic Literacy Project

It’s no secret that Congress sometimes does things – including creating laws – that make little sense and that are contrary to the public interest. One of
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Viewpoint: ‘The bioengineered food label is not expected to have any benefits to human health or the environment’ — The cowardly, useless stupidity behind the new genetic modification law – Genetic Literacy Project

It’s no secret that Congress sometimes does things – including creating laws – that make little sense and that are contrary to the public interest. One of
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Viewpoint: Let’s stop the fear mongering in food labeling – Genetic Literacy Project

Between his former and current terms as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack in a 2019 opinion piece called for a stop to fear mongering in food
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Food label primer: What does ‘organic’, ‘natural’ and ‘non-GMO’ mean? | Genetic Literacy Project

The organic, natural, and non-GMO food marketing labels differ in terms of what they mean and whether they are certified and inspected by government
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2021/08/12/food-label-primer-what-does-organic-natural-and-non-gmo-mean/

Should food derived from CRISPR gene-edited seeds be labeled as GMO — all but ensuring they will not be adopted? Many EU food retailers say ‘yes’ | Genetic Literacy Project

Leading EU supermarkets such as Aldi, Rewe and Lidl say that all products stemming from new genetic engineering methods such as CRISPR/Cas, TALENs and
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Viewpoint: How should EPA regulate next-generation GMO Bt insect resistant crops? Proposals left over from Trump Administration don’t all align with the science | Genetic Literacy Project

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two proposals that would modify its oversight of plant incorporated protectants (PIPs), which are genes
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Farm to Fork: Agricultural Traceability in Canada and its Benefits to Consumers – SAIFood

Deanna Bysterveld discusses how agriculture traceability has sparked conversations over Canada’s food safety and how it could be the answer to consumer concerns
— Read on www.saifood.ca/farm-2-fork-traceability/

Organic banana grower/distributor introduces new Fair Trade label

Organics Unlimited, the San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, now offers Fair Trade Certified™ label organic bananas.
Organics Unlimited started the new year by…
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