August, 17 2015

(Times Union) Federal Food Labeling Bill Clears Up Confusion

Federal Food Labeling Bill Clears Up Confusion
By Dean Norton (LTE)
Times Union

The Times Union’s opposition to the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015″ baffles me (“Congress’ junk food bill,” Aug. 2). Your reasoning claims the science behind GMOs is not settled. That is wrong. There is overwhelming consensus in the scientific community, supported by nearly 2,000 independent, peer-reviewed studies over the past three decades that food using the breeding technique is perfectly safe to eat.

A recent Pew Research study also found that 88 percent of scientists are in agreement over the safety of GMOs. This number is higher than the scientific consensus around climate change. Interestingly, it was just last year that the Times Union used the scientific agreement behind climate change as validation for its editorial “Climate change is here now.” You can’t have it both ways.

Does consumer confusion exist about biotechnology? It does, in large part because of the fear and misrepresentation of the science that your editorial perpetuates. Biotechnology has led to great environmental advances that has helped farmers achieve greater yields using fewer resources and pesticides. It is also fortifying foods with nutrient rich vitamins that can prevent illness for millions of children in underdeveloped countries. There is great promise in genetic engineering.

It is also fortifying foods with nutrient rich vitamins that can prevent illness for millions of children in underdeveloped countries. There is great promise in genetic engineering.

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