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Abstract

From the commercial release of the first successful genetically modified food to the current debate about the safety of GM foods, one issue has stayed on the forefront of consumers’ minds: the right to know what is in our food. While the history of genetically modified products is easy to follow, the arguments surrounding these high-tech consumables have become convoluted at best. One of the most prominent issues regarding GM foods is the argument that companies who produce, grow, market and sell genetically modified foodstuffs should be required to label them as such. Some iterate the right to know what our food is made of, while others insist it is a waste of time and money to label “proven safe” genetically modified foods. This paper aims to lay a solid foundation for the implementation of mandatory labeling that would enforce transparency, give U.S. consumers food autonomy, and compel GMO companies to honestly market their product.

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