Americans consume GMO foods on a daily basis. A lot of food that is grown in the U.S is from genetically modified organisms yet many people remain unaware of it. There are many legality issues around GMO foods and the issue of labeling is faced by a myriad legal tussles.
Many Americans prefer to have their GMO foods labeled. They feel that the legal issues surrounding the labeling of GMO foods should be done away with. The majority of foods produced and consumed in the USA is already Genetically modified. Corn stands at 88%, Soybeans reach 93%, Canola is at 90% and of the total cotton produced, 94% is genetically modified. This shows the extent to which genetically modified organism products have penetrated the market.
Different studies also show that Americans are in support of GM food labeling. A study by MSNBC showed 96% support, labeling, a study by Customers union showed 95%, one by the New York times showed 93% and another by ABC news gave the levels at 93 percent too.
Many trade partners of the USA also have labeling rules and they have forced US exporters to label the food items that contain GMOs when selling them overseas. Some partners have their thresholds for labeling at 0.9% of the food while others like china have their limit at 1%. It is important to note that since 1997 when the European Union first introduced mandatory labeling of GMO foods, 64 nations have put in place labeling laws. There are no nations yet that have labeling laws on foods such as milk, eggs and meat produced by animals that have been fed GM feeds.
Estimates place the percentage of foods containing GMOs in the American market at well over 70% and with such statistics and the international community having instigated labeling laws, it is easy to understand why the American public wants to follow suit. They want to be able to choose what they will eat when shopping for food.