Are Biotech Foods Safe to Eat?
Most Americans have eaten genetically modified foods without knowing it, but are they safe?
Labeling: The Right to Know or Not? continued...
One reason food companies may shy away from labeling
genetically modified food is the possibility of consumer rejection. Public
opposition has had some effect, as seen in Europe, where the EU has banned
genetically modified foods despite the U.S.' wishes. American companies have
vowed not to sell products made with genetically modified ingredients there,
yet some of the same companies continue to sell them in the U.S., Archer
But there are some U.S. companies making the switch.
"There are quite a few companies out there that have made
this transition. Frito-Lay, for example, is sourcing non-GM ingredients, Gerber
baby food is also sourcing non-GM ingredients, [and] there are many others that
are listed on our web site," Archer says.
In the end, the way to effect change, regardless of what side
you take, is to take action, Wittenberg says. "I think it's the power of
the dollar. Businesses watch to see what consumers are buying, and that's what
they want to get into. That's the old entrepreneurial spirit."