Letter: Labeling won’t be burdensome
Foods didn’t always have a nutrition label or list ingredients. That requirement started in the 1990s, with no small amount of controversy and worry. Since then, we’ve learned that farming, business, food processors and grocery stores can provide labels and still thrive. In fact, labels have become the norm. Foods are labeled in all sorts of ways, including as marketing tools. If you eat, you know this is true.
Why were those labels required in the 1990s? We consumers have the right to know what is in the food that we buy, that we eat and that we feed to our families, friends and customers. Being required to label how much protein, cholesterol and fiber a food contains does not mean that those things are all bad or all good. It simply provides consumers the right to know, to make an informed decision.
So it is with labeling foods that contain GMOs. Farming, business, food processors and grocery stores will still thrive in and around New Hampshire. Labeling foods that contain GMOs will be easy. Just as consumers have the right to know how much protein, cholesterol and fiber a food contains, we also have the right to know whether a food contains GMOs. We have the right to be informed and decide. Labeling foods that contain GMOs is right for all of us and will be easy for those who will have to label.
(The writer is interim president of the board of directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire.)