The Daily Meal
Tom Colicchio is angry at the government’s treatment of the GMO issue, particularly GMO labeling, and he’s not afraid to tell the world in a New York Times Op-Ed. The thoughtful piece penned by Craft chef Tom Colicchio blatantly demands that legislators who want to block GMO labeling regulations from being passed “must be stopped.” He believes that Americans have the right to know what’s in their shopping cart and on their plate, and questions the powerful hand of agritech businesses like Monsanto.
“As a chef, I’m proud of the food I serve,” Colicchio writes. “The idea that I would try to hide what’s in my food from my customers offends everything I believe in. It’s also really bad for business.”
He goes one step further than GMO labeling to even question the authenticity of GMO benefits and the 16-fold increase in the use of chemical super weed killers that end up in our food.
Colicchio goes on to explain that he has no problem with GMOs in principle, but believes that lobbyists and the government’s attempts to hide labels that identify GMO foods mislead the public and puts the government’s interests in the pockets of agritech companies.
“If GMO foods were actually providing a clear benefit to the public, like improved nutrition, lower costs or better taste, without creating a spiral of ever-increasing toxicity in our environment, I’d be all for them,” he says. “And if GMOs ever deliver on their promise to improve food security, which they have yet to do in the more than 20 years since they were introduced, I’d be over the moon.”