PLEASE SANTA, WE NEED CLEAR & SCIENTIFIC FOOD LABELS

It’s become an annual tradition, and here it is again.  IL Corn is asking Santa for only a couple of things this year, but they are biggies!

2. CLEAR & SCIENTIFIC FOOD LABELS

Labeling is a tricky issue.

All NaturalSome “foodies” and non-farmers want labeling because not knowing enough about how food is grown scares them.  Or maybe they feel like they know a lot, but are getting their information from others who don’t know enough about how food is grown and aren’t getting accurate information.  No matter what, not knowing enough about food production is scary, and labels seem like they would help.

Until the labels get just as confusing as the “where is my food produced” question.

Illinois corn farmers and some others in this debate don’t want food labeling that isn’t based on scientific data.  If a percentage of our population is allergic to peanuts, then mostly certainly, we should include “peanuts” in the nutritional label.  That is labeling based on scientific truth.

The problem is that customers are confused.  There is a very gray line between labeling and marketing; some customers can’t delineate which is which.  Marketing is when a food company places a label that gives it a bump over its competition.  Labeling is when a food company places a label that is scientifically proven to safe lives or improve human health.

Ingredient and nutritional labels safe lives and improve human health.

“All Natural” labels do not.  They only cause you to think about buying their product over another.

Santa, for Christmas this year, IL Corn (and probably millions of Americans who are confused about what to buy for their holiday dinners!) would like more clear food labeling.

We want to know when buying “USDA certified” is better for us than “hormone free.”

We want to understand what organic labels really mean.

We’d definitely like to understand and trust that GMO and GMO free are equally OK because having that extra money in our pocketbook is so enticing.

See what you can do.  OK?

Lindsay Mitchell 11/14Lindsay Mitchell
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director

Read the rest of our Christmas list!

1. THE MEANS TO BUILD NEW LOCKS AND DAMS

2. CLEAR AND SCIENTIFIC FOOD LABELS

3. MARKET ACCESS FOR ETHANOL

4. INCREASED MEAT EXPORTS

 

About corncorps

As Illinois' corn farmers, we're proud to power a sustainable economy through ethanol, livestock and nutritious food. We love agriculture, the land and CornBelters baseball.See http://ilcorn.org or follow us on Twitter, http://twitter.com/ilcorn.
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2 Responses to PLEASE SANTA, WE NEED CLEAR & SCIENTIFIC FOOD LABELS

  1. Suzy Graven says:

    Reblogged this on Suzy Graven's Weblog and commented:
    This Year’s Letter to Santa from food growers and consumers!

  2. Harold Smith says:

    You are right, I’d love to see better labeling especially relating to GMO. We need mandatory GMO labeling so the consumer can make informed choices.

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