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Agriculture Investing: GMO Labels Don't Matter

World  (tags: humanrights, usa, GMO Labeling, investors agricultare )

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It all went down last Friday âEUR¦ USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made a comment that set off the alarms for investors in the agriculture


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MmAway M (519)
Wednesday March 9, 2016, 10:21 pm
Forgive me Rose....just for those who rush and not take HEED PLEASE READ....This is only a part

"It all went down last Friday …

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made a comment that set off the alarms for investors in the agriculture space.

During a briefing with reporters, Vilsack voiced his support for the mandatory labeling of genetically-modified foods, after getting the nod that there could be enough votes in the Senate to get this kind of thing approved.

The theory is that if such a bill passes, it could mean big trouble for Big Ag, which relies heavily on genetically-modified foods, or what are often referred to as GMOs. Investors are also concerned that it could pose a huge threat for biotech firms like Monsanto (NYSE: MON), and Syngenta (NYSE: SYT).

As an investor who's made an absolute fortune in the sustainable and organic foods space, I can tell you that I champion anything that could potentially add more value for organics and less value for the conventional toxic slop we call food today.

But despite the excitement in the treehugger camp of which I am a part, I can tell you, not as an environmentalist, but as an investor, that Big Ag and biotech investors have absolutely nothing to fear.

What Matters? Cheap and Easy

When it comes to food, I am obsessive.

I'm obsessive about where it comes from, who produces it, and how healthy it is.

Nearly everything I eat comes from local farms where I know the farmers.

My meat is raised in a sustainable manner where animals are treated with dignity and respect. They're also fed what God intended them to eat — not toxic cocktails of GMO corn, growth hormones, and their own excrement.

Fruits and vegetables are grown organically, and anything “processed” is processed by me. I'm more than happy to bake my own bread, make my own sausages, and can my own vegetables. I even roast my own coffee beans, but that has more to do with me being a bit of a coffee snob.

In any event, the point is this …

Food is fuel. It's medicine, it's energy, it's joy. So to put anything in my body that has been manipulated to the point where it's no longer food, but rather various, re-formulated components of carbs, fats, and proteins is of no interest to me.

But here's the rub …

I'm in the extreme minority, and folks like me don't have enough of an impact on the global food system to even register as an accounting error.

Moreover, despite all the backlash against GMOs in the media, most people really don't care.

Most people don't even look at the ingredients labels on the things they buy.

Most people want food that is cheap and convenient. That's it.

Sadly, most people don't even use their kitchens anymore, other than to wash dishes and cook pre-made lasagnas in the microwave.

And here's the inconvenient truth for folks who believe that mandatory GMO labeling is going to help people make healthier decisions when it comes to buying their food: It doesn't matter.

The same people who are perfectly happy not knowing where their food comes from are not going to even notice a GMO label. And combined, these folks spend far more on their food than consumers of sustainably-produced and organic foods.

That doesn't mean their value as consumers is insignificant. After all, the global organic market is currently valued at about $72 billion. That ain't chump change, and it's certainly been enough of a reason to invest in this space. Especially when you look at growth."

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday March 9, 2016, 11:54 pm
Shared to spread awareness.

MmAway M (519)
Thursday March 10, 2016, 12:20 am
This is going to be forwarded Rose dear. TY

Animae C (508)
Thursday March 10, 2016, 6:52 am
USDA is corrupt!

Thanx Rose

Vallee R (280)
Thursday March 10, 2016, 6:58 am
Thank you

Ben O (131)
Thursday March 10, 2016, 7:27 am
Ban the crap! -That's what matter to me...

Joy McRonald (168)
Thursday March 10, 2016, 5:19 pm
Thank you..

penny C (83)
Thursday March 10, 2016, 5:37 pm
Thanks Rose.

Frances Darcy (92)
Thursday March 10, 2016, 6:04 pm
TkhanksRose andMarilyn for forwarding

James W (257)
Thursday March 10, 2016, 7:13 pm
What the hell? Is everyone that works for the USDA on crack?

Past Member (0)
Friday March 11, 2016, 2:55 am
Thanks Rose--and also Marilyn for more info. Noted.

Trish K (29)
Friday March 11, 2016, 10:40 am
They just acknowledged that BigAg relies heavily on planting GMO which i interpret to mean 99%. The no GMOs labelling is a lie, and now we can catch them in another lie when industry is forced to label no GMO's - they will always do the expedient. Lies and BS are standard trade marks of industrialist

Judy C (91)
Friday March 11, 2016, 11:18 pm
I'm surprised and pleased at Vilsak's stance. I don't agree with the author that the minority of people who care what they eat is THAT small. The more that people can be informed, the better. Thanks Rose.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday March 13, 2016, 8:55 am

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday March 13, 2016, 3:38 pm
I agree Judy and MM

Roger G (148)
Monday March 14, 2016, 11:25 am
noted, thanks
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