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NatalyS
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Bob_Manbook
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Labeling GMO food

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Started: 12/1/2014 Category: Health
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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NatalyS

Pro

64 countries ban or have GMO labeling. I don't think that we need to ban GMO development entirely because it has many positive effects. But the health risks of GMOs are unclear. We don't have long-term studies that prove the safety of Genetically Engineered Food (GMF). Also, the number of cancer cases has been increasing in the World over the last 20 years. Many people believe that the cause of it are GMOs.

We have a right to know what is in our food and make our informed choice. It is my position that governments have to create laws that mandate that companies label whether or not their food is genetically modified.
Bob_Manbook

Con

If just the companies that didn't use GMOs posted labels on there products this whole issue would be solved, because I'm pretty sure there's a law that bans putting false information on to products, so the GMO food couldn't be labeled GMO-free.
Debate Round No. 1
NatalyS

Pro

The absence of information is not the same as information. The more information consumers have, the better decision they can make. For example, by analogy, in the scenario you propose we would put information on a bottle of water that it is safe, but we wouldn"t put information on a bottle of gasoline that it is dangerous and explosive. In such a world it would be expected that the consumer know that any product that doesn"t contain a "safe" label is automatically dangerous.

The label on the back of every food product contains an accurate list of ingredients. It is not an outrageous requirement to mandate that companies state whether their product contains GMO or is GMO-free.
Bob_Manbook

Con

That would actually be a pretty good world, to.
Now onto my arguments.
Once you start labeling gmo food, people are going to wonder, why did the government label gmo food? Is it bad for us or something? Then they will start avoiding gmo food, which will end up costing them more (specialty (such as gmo-free) food costs more), and will make all the companies that have gmos have bad reputations, and major downfalls in profits. If you just label non-gmo food, people that don't like gmos will know to search for the label, and there will not be any direct downfall for the companies that make gmo food, and everybody will be happy. The end.
Debate Round No. 2
NatalyS

Pro

Information is essential for a healthy functioning market economy. Consumer have a right to know the ingredients that are used to make their food.

Regarding price of good: if consumers decide not to eat GMO food and this raises price of food then so be it. That is a natural consequence of the marketplace.
Bob_Manbook

Con

What I was saying is providing the information. If a product has a gmo-free label on it, people will know its organic.
Plus, people don't want the price of food raised. It is bad for the economy.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by williamfoote 2 years ago
williamfoote
NatalyS challenge me with this same topic?
Posted by don-gato 2 years ago
don-gato
The resolution is that companies should be mandated by law to post on their packaging whether or not their product contains GMO ingredients.
Posted by williamfoote 2 years ago
williamfoote
Whats the actual resolution?
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