Why Does the “Right to Know” Movement Care More About GMOs Than Food Allergies?
My daughter is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Unlike GMOs, these foods present a real danger. It’s not hypothetical and it’s not overprotective parenting. I’ve seen her skin break out in hives and her ear swell after eating a few bites of a piece of contaminated wheat bread.
Every year people with food allergies die because they eat something that wasn’t properly identified but “right to know” GMO labeling advocates are more concerned with GMOs. When was the last time anyone died from accidentally eating a GMO?
It’s not surprising that these advocates care more about harmless ingredients than foods that pose an actual health risk. The “right to know” agenda has nothing to do with public health. It’s justification for an overpriced food model for the privileged.
While manufacturers are required to identify major allergens in their ingredients, they are not yet required to identify cross-contaminated or potentially cross-contaminated foods. This may change in the future, but for now labeling practices vary widely and the dizzying array of labels in the marketplace can be overwhelming.
Labeling hidden allergens would minimize a real health risk, but “right to know” GMO labeling advocates just don’t care. Of course not. Food allergies don’t do anything for their privileged and bankrupt agenda.