Regardless of whether you’re against, for, or ambivalent about genetically modified foods, surveys show that an overwhelming majority of Americans at least want to know whether the items they buy contain genetically engineered ingredients, and some states have enacted laws intended to require labeling of GMO and GE products. Today, the U.S. Senate voted to strike down a new piece of legislation that would have overturned these local laws in favor of a voluntary labeling program. [More]
Genetically engineered salmon recently received the stamp of approval from the Food and Drug Administration, but it might have a hard time reaching a lot of customers. Costco has joined the list of major food sellers who say they won’t offer the controversial product to customers. [More]
While genetically modified agricultural products have been used in the U.S. for quite some time, the Food and Drug Administration had yet to approve the food use of any genetically engineered (GE) animals — until today. This morning, the agency announced the approval of an application for a salmon engineered to grow to market size faster than other farm-raised Atlantic salmon. [More]
With the FDA looking like it’s about to approve one company’s genetically engineered salmon, some of the nation’s larger grocery store chains have pledged to not sell any form of genetically engineered seafood if/when it’s available to consumers.
There are different kinds of consumers out there. There are those who want to know everything there is to know about what they’re eating, and those who basically don’t want to know how their sausage is made. Californians in the first group of consumers saw their hopes dashed during last night’s election, where a voters defeated a proposition that would make it the law of the land to alert consumers by way of a label if food contained genetically modified ingredients. [More]