Gmo Labeling Pros And Cons

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Contrary to what many proponents of GMO labeling believe, GMOs actually bring with them many benefits, some of which are already being seen. With the increase of genetically modified corn and soybeans in the united states, the amount of chemical usage has been greatly reduced, and farmers have made more money because they don’t have to buy pesticides (Lusk and Miller 2). GMOs also have promising benefits for solving the problems of the future. Out of the 7.5 billion people in the world today, nearly 1 billion are starving. The number of starving people is estimated to increase to an amount of 10 billion by 2050 (Mosely 578). The United Nations estimates that in 2050, the world will need to have increased its food production by 70% to keep up…show more content…
Economically, labeling would be a very costly process, and that cost would be put into food prices for consumers to pay off (Yang and Chen 1853-4). In one public opinion poll that asked participants how much they would be willing to pay on GMO labels, 61% of participants stated that they would only be willing to pay $10 or less. With the massive amounts of testing and work that would go into labeling GMOs, the price of labeling is expected to be much higher than $10 (Marchant and Cardineau 4).Not only would consumer prices rise dramatically due to GMO labeling, gmo-free labels have become a selling point for products (Yang and Chen 1853). One report states that 57% of Americans are worried about the safety of GMO consumption (Weise). Requiring GMO labels would be a death sentence to GMO products. In Europe, where GMOs have very strict labeling laws, GMOs have nearly been eradicated from the marketplace (Yang and Chen 1853). There is also a great fear that exports from the US to countries such as Japan would be halted due to the GMO labels
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