Will Glyphosate Findings Force GMO Rulings?

No one denies that food is an important factor in overall health and fitness. One huge debate currently ongoing among health conscious consumers is the safety, or lack thereof, of GMOs. Genetically Modified Organisms have been a part of the farming industry for decades now, yet their safety is still debated.

Connecticut was among the first states to pass a law requiring foods that contain GMOs to state such on their label. Yet, two years after the law has been passed, there are still no labels being produced. Pro-labeling activists now have more ammunition in their crusade. In March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is a probable carcinogen. Monsanto disagrees, pointing to years of safety reviews.

GMOs make crops more resistant to Roundup, allowing the weeds and not the crops, to be killed. GMOs also allow crops to be resistant to pests and disease. Currently, there are only about a dozen GMO crops produced in the United States, but these are some of the most proliferate stables. Corn, soybeans and sugar beets are among the crops that use GMOs. The only way to avoid GMOs completely is to eat only organic, which becomes expensive.

Glyphostate usage in the United States increased from about 20 million pounds a year in the 1990s to about 280 million pounds per year in 2013. When it comes to labeling foods as containing GMOs, the producers of such foods worry that this will affect sales. Testing the safety of GMOs has also proved to be problematic because they are seen as “inventions” and patented, leaving developers reluctant to individual testing for safety.

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