Anti-GMO Campaigns Struggle to Win Against Seed Giant
Monsanto, a large seed provider, has made headlines as one of the most hated companies, due to their distribution of genetically modified seeds. Genetically modified seeds are said to both be toxic, and have responsibility for the increasing allergenic sensitivity in the United States.
Farmers struggle to eliminate genetically modified crops because of the transportability of pollen in cornfields; there isn’t really a way to tell how far the pollen has spread without destroying the entire crop yield. The European Union already recommends that countries test US wheat trade as it comes in to be processed into flour, and Japan cancelled its orders entirely, causing a blow to the agricultural economy in the US. Japan, as a much more regulated agricultural economy, has for the most part stopped using soybean and canola oils altogether.
In light of genetically modified seeds making headlines, states like Connecticut are beginning to pass laws which will force companies to label all genetically-modified produce. These laws are only applicable to produce, though, and have not yet reached alcohol or livestock available for sale.
With all of the anti-GMO campaigns that are starting to pop-up around the US, Connecticut's progress with labeling is one small step towards honest labeling for all US products.