A biotechnology company consultant recently wrote an article entitled, “The FDA shouldn’t order costly GMO labels just to satisfy scientific illiterates.” (6)
In Europe, Monsanto supports labeling genetically engineered foods because the people demand it. In fact, after realizing how much it had upset the European public by attempting to force these products upon consumers, Monsanto ran ad campaigns in support of labeling to save face.
One ad proclaims, “You have the right to know what you eat, especially when it’s better… We believe that products that come from biotechnology are better and that they should be labeled.”
In an interview with State of the World Forum, News Team journalist Alastair Thompson asked Monsanto CEO Robert Shapiro about the consumers’ demand for labeling GMOs. Shapiro said, “…it is not my role, or Monsanto’s role, to decide these things. It is society’s role to decide those questions after appropriate debate.”
“So you are open to labeling being introduced then?”
Shapiro answered: “Yes. Of course.”
Monsanto spokesman Gary Barton also clearly stated, “There’s a total misperception that we’re against labeling.”
Genetically engineered products should proudly display a simple statement acknowledging this technology. These multinational businesses should have no problem promoting evidence to convince consumers of their many benefits.
Surprisingly, Monsanto appears to contradict those principles in the United States, where the company says it doesn’t support labeling and will spend millions to ensure this information is concealed from consumers.
That’s because the current policy in America is one where the FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture operate as both regulator and marketer of biotechnology.
Most people don’t realize that our own USDA co-patented the “Terminator” technology that makes seeds sterile.
Monsanto loves to proclaim that genetically engineered foods will save the environment and feed the hungry, apparently with a very heavy hand.
“People will have Roundup Ready soya whether they like it or not” — Ann Foster, spokesperson for Monsanto in Britain, as quoted in The Nation magazine (from article “The Politics of Food” by Maria Margaronis).