Foods should be labeled. Customers have a right to know what they are eating. Yes.
But what happens when the labels customers demand don’t make purchasing decisions easier? What happens when what you think you want actually backfires and makes everything harder?
Farmers and the food industry are not trying to hide ingredients from you. We support your right to know information about your food. But we also support your right to understand information about your food, for labels to make sense and be based on scientific information. We support affordable food for all, and not drastic price increases for the folks that didn’t care about labeling to begin with.
It’s all about balance.
So IL Corn supports the Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food, a group pursuing a very common sense approach to your desire to know more about your food.
We already have a model for this: the USDA’s Certified Organic label. What if there were also a Certified GMO Free label? Something clearly defined and policed that would tell you exactly which foods were GMO Free so you could buy food you felt comfortable with.
And you would be the only one paying the premium for that food, not the lower income or food stamp program families that need to simply buy fruits and veggies no matter their production methods.
To us, this makes sense. And that’s why we’re supporting the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 which sets up a Certified GMO Free label just like the Certified Organic label. A label that actually DOES tell you something about your food and is easy to understand.
You know what else this bill does? It prevents state by state labeling laws that make interstate commerce nearly impossible.
And it defines the term “natural” so that when you see “natural” advertised on something you’re considering buying, you can really understand what that means.
Consumers definitely have a right to know. And we want them to know AND UNDERSTAND what is in their food.
This is a good bill and a great effort to make food labels more clear, meaningful, and easy to understand. IL Corn is proud to support this effort.
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director