While the genetically modified food experiment that hit store shelves in the mid-1990s is now seen as the norm on grocery stores (they’re in between 70-80% of all products by one recent count), many countries worldwide continue to institute some sort of ban on the crops.
And for most of these countries, clear, common sense text-based GMO labeling is the norm, not a right to be fought for with millions of dollars in obstacles like it is here in the U.S.
While the U.S. waits for its own “BE” labels, which feature cheerful logos and stand for “Bioengineered,” public sentiment continues to swing in favor of non-GMO food.
And now, a new poll is showing just how widespread this growing trend really has become.
Almost Half of All Americans Now Avoid GMOs: Poll
According to a new poll from The Hartman Group, 46% of respondents said they now actively avoid GMOs when shopping, up from 33% in 2014 and 15% in 2007.
Two-thirds of those surveyed added that they believed GMO labeling should be mandatory as well.
Their top reasons for avoiding GMOs were simple: 70% did so for health reasons, while 43% said they wanted food ingredient transparency and 34% had environmental impact concerns. Another 33% said they were simply unsupportive of companies using GMOs.
The news comes at a time when the GMO controversy is heating up like never before, as Monsanto, which was recently purchased by Bayer, signed a recent $125 million contract to push new “longer-lasting” GMOs on the unsuspecting populace.
As usual, these GMO foods won’t be labeled or given long-term independent safety testing, so it’s important to know exactly what you’re buying by buying organic whenever possible, knowing your farmer, or buying Non-GMO Project Verified foods.
The State of Organic and Natural in 2018
The Hartman Group is currently selling its report for over $12,000 in a bid to inform food industry executives on the ever-changing state of the modern food industry, which includes a growing organic and non-GMO trend.
More people are clearly looking for non-GMO food more than ever before, and yet the biggest conundrum is that these GMOs continued to be heavily subsidized by the U.S. government where they are still widely grown.
There is still a ton of work to do on the ground, and that’s because there is a distinct lack of organic food supplies in the U.S., which imports as much as 80 percent of all organic foods found on grocery store shelves according to one recent study.
That makes us heavily reliant on other countries to grow our food including Turkey and China among many others. Quality control and organic scams are a huge concern as a result.
And considering that pro-conventional farm advocates are actually completely misconstruing or messing up data (including the amount of pesticide residues comparing organic and conventional), it’s important to make sure we’ve got our story straight, and to continue to fight for the food system we truly want (instead of the one Monsanto and Bayer want).
We’ve still got a long way to go, that’s for sure.