GMO Traceability - Please forward
I haven't seen the term GMO Traceability used yet, but I think we should start using the correct agricultural buzzwords if we believe we have the right to know what is in the food we eat and put in our kids' mouths. For many people who eat, knowing whether food contains Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is important.
GMO Traceability is something that I think is extremely reasonable for consumers to demand considering that traceability is so important these days. We're not even talking about the notion of something as difficult and intrusive to implement as say, forcing millions to register each backyard chicken they keep afterall. We are simply talking about keeping track of who breeds, farms, and sells GMO's, and accurately labeling food that contains them.
Since we have been informed that traceability is so important for the safety our food supply, lets make sure if we are going to have it, we start with GMO's, which are already able to be tested, identified, and therefore traced. This is indeed low hanging fruit/vegetable/fish/spider/goat.
Since GMO's have the proven capability to contaminate the environment via the wind and other methods and cause severe economic damage to farmers not interested in using them, and since they could possibly have negative health effects that are not clear at this point, GMO Traceability would simply allow consumers the freedom to make informed choices. To be against GMO Traceability, one would have to be against consumer freedom and choice.
Farmers that are justified in being worried about severe damage to their livelihoods from GMOs are beginning to put their GMO farming neighbors on notice that they will pass these very real damages and associated costs back to GMO producers, which is only fair.
Risks to these non GMO farmers are real and these additional risks forced on non-GMO farmers by GMO producers need to be considered and managed today, unfortunately.
Potential risks to consumers from GMOs is also a widespread concern, but the true impacts of GMO crops on human health and the environment is not yet fully understood. One reason is because GMOs are so new. Another reason is because the companies that produce them are making absolutely sure they have complete and accurate data before they release it to the public because they fully understand that transparency and treating your customers with respect is what people deserve.
One of the most important ways to manage these new real and potential risks non GMO farmers and consumers now face is to ensure we have GMO Traceability, which includes compulsory public registration of GMO growers.
We need a comprehensive database of GM producers and suppliers to ensure GMO Traceability because the threat of contamination, either unintentionally or by intentional terrorist act is real.
All sectors of agriculture, big or small, who use GMO's stand to be harmed financially by bad actors who don't care about damaging the livelihoods of non-GMO farmers and possibly impacting human health and the environment.
Nobody in agriculture would promote the reckless idea that "GMOs are already in the environment, so as long as I profit, I don't care about my neighbors or consumers." Because of the prevailing ethical attitude, we can expext a high degree of support and cooperation from GMO producers for GMO Traceability.
For example, past supporters of NAIS who grow GMO's or have neighbors who do will surely be the first to jump on board and support GMO Traceability for many of the same reasons that they supported NAIS.
GMO producers are extremely proud of what they produce and have a high degree of trust and confidence in the companies that provide them, so high percentages of voluntary premise registration for GMO Traceability can be expected. Additionally, organizations who have already taken money in the form of cooperative agreements for promoting NAIS will have the required infrastructure, training, interest, aptitude, and abilities to make GMO Traceability easy to implement.
Privacy issues should be non-existent because GMO's have been proven safe, effective, and efficient. More importantly, GMO producers have the full loyalty, support, friendship, and backing of the GMO seed companies, afterall.
An additional benefit of GMO Traceability for the both the agricultural community and consumers alike is that GMO producers would finally be able to get the premiums they deserve for these high demand products. Up until now, the vast number of consumers out there who have been demanding GMOs in their food have been frustratingly unable to source these products due to inaccurate labeling. GMO Traceability would put an end to this unfortunate situation.
'GMO Traceability' is a win-win for everyone. Ask for it by name.