GMO Foods Acceptable or Not

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Rick, May 21, 2013.

Do you think foods containing GMO ingredients should be labeled?

  1. I think GMO foods should not be labeled as such.

  2. I think GMO foods should be labeled as such,

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  1. Rick

    Rick Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Do you think GMO foods and foods containing GMO ingredients are an acceptable addition to our lives, and therefore labeling is not necessary.

    Do you think GMO foods and foods containing GMO ingredients are NOT an acceptable addition to our lives, and therefore labeling should be required.

    a simple yes or no will do, if that's okay with you ;)
     
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  2. katydidagain

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  3. arabian knight

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    No there is NO need to. Read what the ingredients are and THAT WILL tell you what is in it and any product that says Soy and such WILL in ALL Probability be this gmo that some think is so bad.
    Cause if you Insists that ANY label on ANY product must say Contains no of this gmo stuff, then it HAS to be confirmed Up and Down the Complete line from production to trucks to canning or processing plants. and what will that do? Raise prices Out Of Sight.
    And the consumer will NOT put up with such a raise and will not buy it or some will but at such Low Amounts that there goes ANY Profits out the window and it is done, no more of whatever product for ANYBODY to buy.
    There are lasw out there now that in food processing plants vending machines can NOT have peanuts in the machine~! You can have say Snickers, or M&M's with peanuts but not Peanuts by themselves, such as a bag of Planters, or even Trail Mix.
    Well Guess what YOUO and these many rules that are being cooked up just took away MY RIGHTS to BUY a bag of Planters Peanuts from said vending machine.
    Once again the Government is getting in the way. When is this Government and said organizations that are so tiny and such a small fraction of the population that MUST have their way, is going to END?
     
  4. MichaelZ

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    I would love it if I could just get organic produce and naturally free-ranged meat, but it would cost us about $300 a week to feed our 4 teens and 1 near-teen. Best we can do is raise some meat bird chickens if we can find time, raise a whole lot of green beans and other veggies, and hopefully get a bunch of deer. And if we can avoid ultra-processed foods, that will usually mean better food.
     
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  5. Rick

    Rick Well-Known Member Supporter

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    AK - I am only quoting you here to highlight that I added the thought that a yes or no would do AFTER your reply.
     
  6. rambler

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    I believe the current system we have already effectively labels foods.

    Food.

    Organic food.

    Privately labeled food policed by private organizations. 'Natural' and other certifications.

    I respect that people have very different values and concerns on this topic.

    Our food already has a multitude of available labels, I don't see the value of one more. I don't see that it would add any value to the current system of identifying foods.

    Paul
     
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    I work in food processing. Our vending machines have had the peanut items(snickers too) removed because our customers require it. AFAIK there are no laws requiring it. We can still bring peanut items in our lunches, but it is discouraged.
     
  8. arabian knight

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    It was the Food Inspection folks that told my friends that have the vending company that they HAD to remove the products that contain LOOSE peanuts because of some peanut might get into the hands of somebody that is allergic to them. It was NOT the Workers themselves that wanted this to happen.
     
  9. Bearfootfarm

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    It's not a simple yes or no question, unless you can explain exactly how you'll keep the crops seperate
     
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    Would this qualify as "hearing from the peanut gallery"?...........:grin::lookout:
     
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    I understand what you are saying, but the solution isn't to strap the rest of the population with the extra costs to provide you with yet another personal choice.
    Let me explain. As of today, you can get your non-GMO food by buying the more costly Organic fruits, grains and vegetables. But it costs too much for totally organic non-GMO food. Everyone else (alright, the majority of consumers) is happy with non-organic cheap food. Some contains GMO corn and GMO soybeans. But your solution is to add the cost of separating the food supply from field to plate with documented non GMO products and GMO products. Do you think that there will be a cost savings between Organic non GMO and non-organic, non-GMO? Is that your goal, to be able to buy non-organic non-GMO corn and soybean products, cheaply? Well, this is where I get excited. Because I don't want to have to bear the costs of a separated food system, created just to give you another choice that you don't want to bear the cost of. Documented separation of major food crops will drive up the cost because it takes extra equipment and man hours. I am against paying for your whim. Leave me and my food costs alone. You have a choice, Organic. Take it and leave my food source alone.

    I distrust your motives. I think you want my food to carry a label that will turn off the uninformed consumer. This is more of a stab against Monsanto than providing you with a label on your processed corn and soybean products. The manufacturer of artificial milk, "Silk" would love to see a requirement that all jugs of milk be labeled "This Milk came out of a cow's teat." The plant that sells Egg Beaters would love to see a requirement that eggs sold in the shell carry the label, "This egg came out the backside of a chicken". Then, you want a warning label, after millions of acres and billions of meals without one shred of evidence of harm, on GMO products.

    Well, if you are willing to pay for it and leave the rest of us alone, go ahead. Demanding a product and a willingness to pay extra is how a capitalist society works.
     
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    Imho, only a tiny fraction of the population knows or cares. Those that care, lose integrity when they put out pure garbage (one of my favorite meme's is a four armed lady eating gmo foods... my standard response is wouldn't that be great! think of all the work you could get done) in the form of baseless propaganda, or worse, junk science...such as the 'study' where rats got tumors (rats bred to make tumors, and the study wasn't peer reviewed, and reporters had to sign statements that wasn't standard procedure).

    GMO's have been around a few decades... If there were problems, wouldn't they've shown up? And, for any biologists out there... can a human acquire genetic material from the or plant they've consumed? (food passing through the human gut) If so, I'd have horns, antlers, feathers, scales, a tail, and would have a fine head of wheatgrass... on my bald head.
     
  13. 78Parrothead

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    I would like to see all available information on a label, including if the food or foodstuff has been genetically modified.

    It is just a little ink.
     
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    I don't care whether a change to our foodstuffs is good, bad, or indifferent. I want it on the label so I can adequately compare it to other items and make my own educated decisions.
     
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    I want to know exactly what is in the food I'm buying.
     
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    I voted "no" only because I do not really know what you are refering to when you say GMO foods? Are you talking about eating hybrid plants or crossing the genes of different species? World of difference there! Besides don't know how they'd get all that on a label....
     
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    Yes, I'd like to know what I'm eating and be able to make an informed choice about what I feed my family. I'm already paying premium prices for organic products so I'm not trying to get non-gmo products cheap. I just want to know.
     
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    I do not think GMO food like products should be labeled. I think they should be banned.
     
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    Yes, I think all food products should be labeled with their type of ingredients. How else can I make the decisions of what to eat and what not to eat.
     
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    I find it humorous that many of the same folks yelling about government intrusion into their lives (removing freedom of choice) are the same ones arguing that GMO's should not be labeled (removing the people's right to choose with clearly labeled packaging).
     
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