Let’s start with a simple argument: If you purchase a can of food that is labeled "corn,” you do not expect to open the can and find a mixture of corn and peas. Why not? Because there are no known natural processes by which corn can mutate into peas. If you find peas mixed in with your corn, you can safely assume that the seller (perhaps with some old peas to get rid of) has defrauded you. He has sold you something other than what was specified on the label.
Now, let’s take it a step further: If you purchase a can of food that is labeled “corn,” you do not expect to be sterilized from eating it. Why not? Because there are no known natural processes by which corn can mutate into a spermicide. Therefore, selling spermicidal corn as just plain “corn” would constitute, at the very least, an act of fraud. (Hopefully, even the staunchest opponent of GMO labeling would admit that genetically-engineered “spermicidal corn” needs to say more than just “corn” on the label.)
This brings us to heart of the GMO-labeling debate: ALL genetically-engineered food can, by design or by accident, harm human health in ways that natural food cannot. You simply don’t know what else you’re getting when you eat it. (See the short video below.)
To be clear, I’m not suggesting that all genetically engineered food is bad. I am, however, suggesting that all genetically engineered food is genetically engineered. That makes it substantially different from food that is not genetically engineered and the patent holders are well aware of this fact.
The biotech industry wants the benefits of collecting revenue on its GMO patents, but it also wants to enjoy the benefits of “trust” associated with natural products that have been consumed safely for many thousands of years. They know that consumers will avoid their product if it says “GMO” on it, so their policy is to hide that distinction from consumers. As far as I’m concerned, this is fraud. It is an intentional act of deception. If you doubt my assertion, the quote below provides some insight.
"If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it." -- Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star , March 7, 1994