Seventy percent of the processed foods you find at most supermarkets and food stores contain at least one ingredient made or derived from GMOs, (genetically-modified organisms), according to the January 22, 2014 AP article by David Klepper, "States weighing labels on genetically altered food - The Big Story."
The figures come from the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. The industry-backed Grocery Manufacturers Association puts the number between 70 and 80 percent of foods containing some ingredient that's coming from GMOs. The big problem is the absence of regulation in many states, although a few states currently are considering regulation.
States adopt their own rules by passing Bills. Last week, a coalition of organic food producers, GMO critics and supporters in Congress wrote to President Barack Obama urging the FDA to require labeling. You also may wish to check out the site, "Food industry to fire preemptive GMO strike."
Biotechnology corporations and agricultural groups may oppose the proposals
You can look over the many proposals that keep coming into the forefront for consideration. But who opposes the proposals? It's the biotechnology companies and many agricultural groups.
The industry wants consumers to rally with them when they inform people to think that genetic engineering has yielded more sustainable, affordable and productive farming in every country. Business groups worry that labeling requirements would raise costs for food producers — and ultimately consumers — and raise unnecessary fears, says the article, "States weighing labels on genetically altered food - The Big Story."
The conflict is between mainstream agriculture and organic farming
The majority of crops for the masses are grown GMO. If someone gets sick, it's likely the person won't make any connection between whether the food was GMO or not or even in many cases connect food with health issues unless it's pointed out by experts the health and food connection.
Here, in Sacramento, you have voters in California and Washington rejecting ballot proposals in the past two years that would have required GMO labeling. Those who are against labeling bring up the possibility of a legal challenge.
The FDA isn't labeling GMO food a health risk. Is the food industry to 'hot' to handle? Is it about following the money? Industry will fight if income is lost. And people ask whether there is a health risk or not. If a label is required that points most shoppers to question whether there's a health risk involved.
Wait and see is what each state is doing
It looks like each state will wait and see whether any other states are going to pass laws that food producers fear, if the food producers are large and wealthy enough to fear loss of customers if they have to label products as GMO. The outcome points to Washington deciding whether a federal standard will be upheld or even introduced on how to label GMO foods and processed foods containing any ingredient derived from a GMO source.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), genetically engineered foods must meet the same requirements as traditional foods. At this time producers can volunteer to label items as GMO if they so desire.,
How will the manufacturers get around the GMO labeling issue?
In December 2013, the Grocery Manufacturers Association wrote to the FDA asking whether foods "derived from biotechnology" could be allowed to be labeled 'natural,' says the AP article, "States weighing labels on genetically altered food - The Big Story."
The outcome of such a possibility means that the generic and generally vague term now on a lot of labels that says natural flavors or natural coloring could refer to almost anything qualifying to be labeled natural, even if it's genetically modified. It still lives or grows from the earth as a GMO creature or plant. So it's natural in the dictionary definition of the word. A rock, a star, or a fungus also is natural.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association also represents Monsanto Company, McDonald's, Procter & Gamble and hundreds of other huge manufacturers of processed or packaged food products and meals such as commercial cereals not marked organic. Shoppers wonder why GMOs have been on the market for twenty years or more.
Your cereals and other products containing soy, corn, sugar or other items commonly used in a variety of foods are GMO unless marked organic or non-GMO on the label. Customers have been known to question ingredients derived from GMO products put into organic foods or juices. See news articles such as, "Naked Juice GMO class action settlement announced," and "PepsiCo to no longer call Naked juices 'natural' - USA Today."
Back in 2013, Whole Foods announced that it planned to label GMO products in all its U.S. and Canadian stores within five years. And General Mills recently announced it would no longer use GMOs in its original Cheerios recipe. But other Cheerios cereals still have GMOs at this time.
Changes at this time apply only to original Cheerios. The company at this date is not purging genetic modification from the other flavors of Cheerios cereal such as Honey Nut and Apple Cinnamon. But as time passes, you might keep checking with news if and when those changes are spread across other versions of the cold cereal. Notice that Honey Nut and Apple Cinnamon both have a sweet taste. But original Cheerios don't taste as if those morsels have been sweetened with syrups, sugars, honey, or fruits.
You may wish to check out the article, "Are GMO-Free Cheerios the First Domino? - Forbes." Check out, "Product List GMO Foods." See, "General Mills' Cheerios Will Soon Be GMO-Free - Mercola." Or see, "General Mills: Original Cheerios are GMO free - Jan. 3, 2014." At least in Europe, there are numerous GMO labeling laws in many nations. For information, you may wish to check out the site, "Just Label It." Or see the YouTube video, "Just Label It."