Mandatory GE Food Labeling Impacts Customer Purchases, StudyAugust 24, 2022
Labels indicating ingredients from genetically engineered plants may lead to a reduction in sales, according to a study conducted by researchers from Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences. The study, published in Food Policy, looked at the sales trend data from Vermont after a law on mandatory genetically engineered (GE) food labeling was implemented.
The researchers found that after the mandatory labeling was implemented, food sales with GE ingredients were reduced by 5.9%. On the other hand, the sales of products labeled as non-GE increased by 2.5%, while organic products increased by 7%.
“We know that GE products are safe, but many are concerned that mandatory labeling would lead to people rejecting these products and increased problems with food insecurity,” Fan said. “While we did see a small decrease in sales, it wasn't a large effect, and we also found that attitudes about GE products improved over time.”
Fan stressed that several food manufacturers had expressed their concern against such labeling laws due to their potential to impact the sales of GE products negatively.
Read the news release from Penn State for more details.
You might also like:
- Pocket K No. 7: Labeling GM Foods
- Experiences on Implementing GM Labeling Laws Tackled in Seminar
- Survey Shows Vermont GMO Labeling Mandate Misleads Consumers
Biotech Updates is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. It is distributed for free to over 22,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- Mandatory GE Food Labeling Impacts Customer Purchases, Study
- Researchers Prove Multigene Bioengineering of Photosynthesis Increases Soybean Yields
- Experts Discover and Start to Crack the Epigenetic Code
- CIMMYT Research Reveals Afghan Wheat's Rust Resistance
- Risks and Trust Among Factors That Affect GM Rice’s Appeal to Chinese Consumers
- Researchers Discover Protein that Turns Plants into Dwarfs
- Biosensors Detect Non-visible Rot in Potatoes
- Drought Tolerant Poplar Trees Perform Well in Field Trials
Read the latest:
- Biotech Updates (March 22, 2023)
- Genome Editing Supplement (March 22, 2023)
- Gene Drive Supplement (February 22, 2023)
Subscribe to BU: