The Fearmongering Outcry by Mariam Mayet of ACB over Food Not Being Labelled as Containing GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Ingredients Is a Storm in a Teacup ("Cereal, Baby Food Makers Flout GM Label Law," Cape Times, March 16)
The fearmongering outcry by Mariam Mayet of ACB over food not being labelled as containing GMO (genetically modified organism) ingredients is a storm in a teacup ("Cereal, baby food makers flout GM label law," Cape Times, March 16).
The assertion that "GMOs present a risk to health, the environment and society" and therefore need to be labelled so consumers can avoid them, is absolute rubbish.
The Consumer Protection Act does not stipulate that GMO labelling is required because of "health, environmental or any other risks". The law states that products containing more than 5 percent of GMOs must be labelled simply: "Contains genetically modified organisms."
This is a far cry from labels on our wines, liquors and cigarettes required by law: "Alcohol is dangerous to your health", "Drinking during pregnancy can be harmful to your unborn baby" and "Danger! Smoking can kill you."
If GMO food carried any such health or any other risks the law would have required the same wording as labels on cigarettes and liquor.
This proves that, as far as the Consumer Protection Act is concerned, GMO food poses no health or environmental risks. This is in line with the finding of a study done by the SA Maize Trust in collaboration with the University of Pretoria that during the first ten years of GM crop production in Sa, a cumulative 12 million hectares of biotech maize, our staple diet, were planted in SA, producing a grain crop of over 40 million tons. …