Nor can industry and its scientific supporters make a credible case for the safety of genetically engineered foods if at the same time its leadership is fighting on all fronts to prevent mandatory labeling on food packaging. I understand the rationale that labeling is only mandated for safety or nutritional reasons, and GMOs involve neither issue.
But that argument doesn’t trump the reality of an entire industry marching in lockstep to prevent what millions of people believe to be a commonsense way to satisfy the public’s need to know.
The only way to put the controversy over GMOs to rest is creating labeling that delivers the information in context, in a positive way — and is done voluntarily, without having been forced to do so by a majority of elected officials or the voters who put them in office.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Dan Murphy, a veteran food-industry journalist and commentator.