GE Labeling for Wheat Industry of Washington State: Main Arguments

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In 2016 the discovery of export GE wheat from Washington State called panic and threat to the whole industry for this year. The fact was announced by the  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The violations were detected at 22 wheat plants producing GE wheat. That was already the third discovery of GE wheat in the U.S.

Earlier, in 2013 there were few trials on making certain foods and seeds that contain GMOs labeled as such and allowed to be sold to consumers (The Washington Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Measure, Initiative 522, November 5, 2013). Though, it failed.

Why experts and other people argued that as important issue for the wheat industry?

  • Export Problem

Too many countries nowadays require GE labeling on products to be imported to their countries. Many of these countries are big importers of the U.S. wheat (and Washington State do the largest portion of that. Japan which is the largest importer of wheat from this State did 25% of Washington’s wheat, $678.4. SO far the next harvest will not be eligible to be transported as Japan started requesting a GE labeling, as well as India, Indonesia, and Thailand).

  • People Concern

The initial point – is human awareness of ‘what do they eat’ and ‘how do them treat’. A lot of study cases and scientific researchers are against GE products and argue them to be labeled to prevent unknown implications as well with human health and environment. Statistics say that 9 out of 10 people upvote GE labeling. They want transparency in the food industry!

  • Employees Issue

In case the growth of countries number that will require a GE Labeling and inability for the U.S. companies to export products to them, the whole industry will bear not only monetary losses but work force as well. And it can be really collapsing as in 2011 it was already estimated an annual worker compensation for the sum of $1.95 billion.

  • Economic crisis

Mentioned above can only justify an economic crisis. The same can say those digits: in 2011 Asia imported 70% of the USA’s white wheat, followed by Egypt at 11%, in 2012 914.5 thousand metric tons, were exported to Thailand, Taiwan, and the Philippines. This money loss will create an unfilled gap in the industrial output.

What are the main reason it is rejected?

It is claimed by the companies and wheat fields owners as GE labeling might add an extra cost to the production.

But telling the truth to consumers and putting a label on GE product should be prior to the commercial fights. That is why this right is strictly justified in those mentioned countries.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Why not make the only standard for marking products for all countries? And do not adjust to each country.

  2. Marking of GMO products must be embedded in the price of the product. People have the right to know what they eat!

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