Here’s a new item on the menus of Europe, somewhere between the reminder of service compris and the list of the specialit� de maison. It’s a label that reads: “No GMO ingredients.” For the uninitiated that means “No genetically modified organisms.” Or, more bluntly, no Dr. Frankenstein in the kitchen, no Frankenfood on the menu.
The GMO disclaimer is not yet on American menus. But it soon will be stamped on some U.S. exports thanks to the biosafety trade pact recently signed in Montreal. That pact also should put increasing pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require labels on GMO foods here at home — and perhaps even to retract the agency’s nine-year-old blessing of bioengineered food. Meanwhile, anti-GMO activists and farmers are in court trying to take a bite out of the big GMO food-producing companies.
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