India Will Mandate Labeling GMO Ingredients

By Mat McDermott, TreeHugger

In the latest edition of the daily facepalm: Times of India reports that as of January 2013, food products containing genetically modified ingredients will have to be labeled in India.

Though, like elsewhere, the biotech industry protested, and won some concessions on the labeling scheme regarding package sizes and other factors (read the details at the link above), the thing that strikes me more than anything else is the huge question: If India can do it, why can’t the US?

In case you needed reminding, of the world’s wealthiest nations, including China, Brazil, and Russia (and now India), only the United States and Canada do not require labeling of GMO crops—even though, in the case of the US, surveys show the vast majority of people would like to know if they are eating genetically modified ingredients.

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Gabriel L.
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Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Penny C.
Penny C.3 years ago

I never buy it if I know so thats prob why yhey dont want to label them.

Penny C.
Penny C.3 years ago

We all should be labeling GMOs.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Samantha Richardson

This certainly makes me wonder wtf is wrong with Canada and the US. If these other countries like Russia and China and India are able to label GMO's, and there politicians are supposedly more corrupt than the US, what does that say about US politicians, who continue to vote in favour of GMO's?!

Or is it simply consumer ignorance? Either way, its horrendous.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

Kudos to India!

Dale Overall

Best to eliminate all GMOs,but at least India is labelling what is and what isn't which is better than what a lot of countries are not doing at the moment!

Sije Dijkstra
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks for the article!