Consumers have a right to know what’s in the food they buy, and the labels on grocery products convey important information. Although genetically modified food is healthy and safe, we respect that some people prefer to avoid it, and they should be able to see on a label what’s modified and what remains as nature intended.
In 2014, the Chicago Tribune advocated for the federal government to take over the labeling of genetically modified products. Vermont had approved food-label rules applying only within that one small state, and other states, including Illinois, were considering separate labeling legislation. The food industry could have faced a hodgepodge of requirements that raised costs and only confused the public.