Hawaii GMO Bill Asks For Labels, Not A Ban02/22/2013
It is unclear to me why the state Legislature lacks the courage to require labeling of GMO produce. While some consumers have no issue at all with purchasing GMO foods, others feel very strongly about avoiding such products. Either way the public has a right to know, particularly with respect to what we’re putting in our bodies.
The science behind the impact of genetically modified foods on the human body is minimal; we simply do not know what the longterm impacts will be. The lack of information is enough to drive countries like Japan, Australia, and all European Union countries to either restrict or highly regulate these products. In Hawaii, we do nothing.
Beyond a public right to know, there is another reason to label GMO products: to allow consumers to decide the type of agriculture they want to promote through their purchases.