Modern banana (top)
Wild banana (bottom)
Now that we have the definition of GMOs out of the way lets move to the current debate. Despite the fact that current research is showing that GMOs are safe to eat and are a promising avenue for achieving more environmentally friendly farming techniques there are many groups against GMOs. One thing these groups are fighting for is to force foods containing GMOs to be labeled so that consumers can choose not to buy them. Many countries already have such regulations and some countries have even forbidden the selling of GMOs. In the U.S. this battle is just now starting in places like California where enough signatures were gathered to put up a measure on the ballot this November. But remember, all food we eat is genetically modified. Thus it appears a bit absurd to force sellers to label these foods as GMOs unless there is a health difference.
Is there then a reason that we should force GMOs to be labeled? This question raises up three primary issues: 1. is there any evidence that GMOs are dangerous and thus should be labeled for safety reasons; 2. do consumer's have a right to force labeling merely because they want it; and 3. does consumer choice create a right to know what is in food?