Like 'Natural,' 'Non-GMO' Standing Alone Means Nothing

Like 'Natural,' 'Non-GMO' Standing Alone Means Nothing

Like ‘Natural,’ ‘Non-GMO’ Standing Alone Means Nothing

FORBES

/ August 2, 2016 /

The other morning I was watching the Today Show, as I usually do as I am getting ready for work. Dr. Oz was on, as is not an unusual occurrence. Now, I don’t necessarily agree with how Dr. Oz has always positioned GMOs and related topics, but this morning I thought he actually did a pretty good job. He talked about several common misconceptions on labeling. One that particularly caught my attention is that “‘Natural’ is not ‘Organic’.” He went on to say that “Natural” means nothing. I agree with him. There is no one definition of “Natural” when it comes to food labeling. Though the FDA is currently taking this under advisement and may set a definition, so stay tuned. Likewise, USDA “Organic” means it has followed a certain production process, which allows certain proscribed inputs, and yes this means chemicals, to be used.[1]

Similarly to “Natural,” “Non-GMO” standing alone means nothing. Now there are several non-governmental bodies that have created their own verification programs, such as the Non-GMO Project. With this type of program, at least a consumer can potentially understand from such a group what its “seal” means or doesn’t mean. What makes me furious, just like Dr. Oz on “Natural,” is labeling foods as non-GMO when there is no equivalent GMO food.

Visit: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gmoanswers/2016/08/02/non-gmo-labeling/#2c1262ac4124 to read the full article.

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