How the Food Industry is Trying to Keep People Misinformed about GMOs

by Melissa Diane Smith

(Opinion) – The food industry is trying countless ways to keep people from knowing what’s really in their food, especially regarding the presence of unnatural genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  On February 17, 2014, Dr. Oz ran a short segment on this topic entitled “No to GMOs: The Global Conspiracy to Keep You from Knowing the Truth about Your Food.” It featured Scott Faber, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Environmental Working Group, a consumer watchdog organization, who explained that the food industry doesn’t want mandatory labeling but is trying to get “voluntary” labeling of GM foods, and it’s asking the FDA to label GM foods as “natural” foods. Both are crazy ideas that would keep the public misinformed and deny the public our right to know what’s really in our food. Like several segments Dr. Oz has done about GMOs, this segment still is not yet archived on his show’s website, but if and when it gets put onto the site, it should be at this link.

A good summary to turn to for a quick rundown on the food industry spin and propaganda versus the truth about genetically modified foods is the recent article Warning: Industry Spin May Be Hazardous to Your Health; Learn the Truth about GE Foods by Elizabeth Kucinich, Policy Director for the Center for Food Safety. Kucinich points out:

A PR firm doesn’t care what it says as long as the public perception is moved in favor of their client. Smoke-and-mirrors tactics are enlisted to confuse and propagandize the public — and that is just what this new coalition of Big Food lobbyists will do.

The bottom line: Don’t be confused by these new tactics the food industry is employing or be misled by its propaganda. Learn the truth about GM foods, which only us no benefits, only countless risks. A good place to start is to check out my GMO-Free Information page and my Non-GMO Resources Information page (and all the links to other sources on those pages).

Copyright © 2014 Melissa Diane Smith

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