I don't know about you, but I was pretty excited when Vermont decided to pass legislation requiring GMO labeling of all food. This is an issue that a lot of food advocates have been working on for years, and it's good to see that changes are finally starting to take place.
GMO, or genetically-modified organisms, in the most basic sense, has only been around since the 1960s. Before then, farmers grew strong crops by planting seeds from the strongest plants. Kind of like evolution. Then science came along, and food could have pesticidal properties and could more easily withstand adverse weather. Some food can even glow in the dark.
My philosophy on food is that you should eat what's natural and what your body is going to be able to recognize and turn into the building blocks that form muscles, bones, ligaments, and other tissues. I personally don't feel comfortable eating a pesticidal tomato. I don't know how that's going to act on my body, and since I usually try to avoid eating pesticide, I can't imagine that whatever that pesticidal tomato is going to do to my body is a good thing.
I'm not the only person in America though, so I don't have any issue with science continuing to work it's wonders and produce weird and unnatural foods. Some people don't have an issue with it, and it is the right to purchase and eat the foods they want to.
Where the issue comes in, however, is that I don't always know when the food I'm buying is a GMO product. The good news is, food labeled as "organic" is by law not allowed to contain GMO, and there are other methods of third-party verification that monitor products that use GMO. Whole Foods even put this list together of how to best avoid having GMOs become part of your diet and it seems that if you avoid corn and soy, you'll probably be fine.
I believe I have the right to know what's in my food, and for that reason, I am proud of what Vermont has accomplished. I hope that other states will follow Vermont's lead and pass legislation requiring labeling. Big Agriculture has the right to grow GMOs, but I also have the right to know what I'm eating.
Let me know what your thoughts are on this topic!