Seed SpeaksLabel or Libel: What Do GMO Labels Really Do?

Label or Libel: What Do GMO Labels Really Do?


It’s the eve of mandatory GMO labeling in the U.S. As of the start of 2022, manufacturers will be required to label products containing GMOs with a label stating they’re bioengineered.

However, many labels discussing GMOs are already on the market. “Non-GMO” verified, natural, organic – with so many labels, it’s easy to understand how consumers are inundated with information and might not know what to trust.

So, what do voluntary labels such as non-GMO verified and others do to erode consumer trust? How do the influence consumer perceptions of bioengineered products. Furthermore, what will the federal mandate that requires GMO labels mean for consumer behavior?

Join Seed World Editor Alex Martin on this week’s episode of Seed Speaks as she and experts dive into what various food labels mean for the ag industry at large and consumers buying food. She’s joined by Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s office for Science and Safety and Jayson Lusk, head of Purdue University’s Agricultural Economics Department. They’ll tackle:

  • Are there any advantages to GMO labels?
  • Can GMOs influence nutrition?
  • Do consumers respond positively to GMOs when they know they’re present?
  • How do “non-GMO” labels affect consumer perspectives?

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