Companies Taking A Position On GMO Ingredients. Genuine Concern or Profit Driven Posturing?
Brands such as CLIF Bar and Trader Joe’s are already known for their posturing against GMO ingredients in their food.
An article from TheStreet.com uncovers 5 more food companies who are taking a public stand against having genetically modified products be a part of their service offerings. The article also goes on to say that this is easier said than done, but at the least, these enterprises are on the record regarding GMO ingredients.
One of them you’ve probably heard about recently, (SPOILER ALERT! If you have ever eaten at this restaurant, the photos in this article gives it away…), but the others are somewhat surprising.
Is this all just posturing for the public perception or do the leadership of these companies really feel strongly about this topic?
Read more about this below!
NEW YORK (TheStreet) — The battle over genetically modified foods continues, but the number of companies publicly taking a stand against them is growing.
Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals that can not occur in natural crossbreeding, according to the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization dedication to the education of GMOs and helping consumers find alternatives and considered the main organization used by many companies to verify their non-GMO foods.
GMO-sourced ingredients have been used in our foods for over 20 years — the major argument for them is offering “increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition” and other consumer benefits. However, there is also an argument against GMOs, noting they cause health problems, environmental damage and violate farmers and consumers rights, the organization says.
As consumers become more health conscious and knowledgeable about what they are eating and where it comes from, more are demanding to know if the food they eat contains GMOs.
That’s resulting in both national and state-specific movements. Roughly 37 states are proposing that food labels contain whether the product contains GMOs, according to Right to Know GMO – A Coalition of States, which of course are meeting resistance from companies like Monsanto (MON), DuPont (DD) and others that create GMO seeds for large commercial crop growing. Many countries already have similar labeling.