Should the Federal Government Mandate GMO Labeling on Food?

Joe&JoelIn case you missed it, I wanted to post last week’s video from the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund Annual Gala. Joel Salatin and Dr. Joe Mercola debated this resolution:

Should the federal government mandate GMO labeling on food?

To view the debate, click the link below and start at minute 55:00 (runs approximately half an hour).

Joel posted his unedited first negative speech on our Facebook page this weekend – check it out here.

To find out more about the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund click here.

Where do you stand on the issue of federally-mandated labels for foods containing GMO’s?

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About Brie Aronson

Brie Aronson came to Polyface from southern California. During college, she was diagnosed with food allergies and had to begin asking about the source of every single thing she put in her mouth. This led to an interest in all things food and she sought out a way to learn how it can be produced ethically and sustainably. Her desire is to help people shift their focus from counting calories, being intimidated by their kitchens, and being disconnected from the land to one that experiences the life-giving enjoyment of food. Having completed the internship in summer 2010, she now assists with the buying clubs and sales building, leads school tours of the farm, and will be the summer 2012 farm cook.

9 Responses to Should the Federal Government Mandate GMO Labeling on Food?

  1. I don’t think the Federal Government should even exist in the first place. So, that pretty much sums up what I think about them “regulating” anything….lol.

  2. Great ideas, but seems nothing was resolved? Maybe instead of worrying about labelling we should fight more for removal of all GMOs!

  3. Ms. Daisy says:

    I think that people should know where their food comes from and if it is from a GMO source. I really wish that this weren’t even a topic because it is so unbelieveably sick in the first place. Genetically modifying food is just another way that people pretend through “advances in science” that they are making things better when they are ruining things to such depths and breadths that they won’t even be fully imagined until decades from now.

  4. Anni says:

    My husband and I were finally able to watch the debate last night. (I found the link for the direct transcript on FB: … you just click on the date and it pulls up the single post, then you can grab the link at the top.) Joel did incredibly well.

  5. Erin Herner says:

    No to federal mandates! I’m much more concerned about the way most people are so consumed by entertainment and the desire to not take responsibility for their own lives… I think it runs across all sorts of issues… It’s like nobody wants to grow up and become an adult. I heard some group of “experts” now say adolescence doesn’t end until 25! Rediculous. But the govt is more than happy to assume our responsibilities for us. No thank you.

  6. bryan says:

    Amen Frank. If your grandparen’s grandparents didn’t eat it…we probably shouldn’t either. I’m a Va. native and Atlanta leaves a lot to be desired when food shopping…been across three counties and still can’t even find free-range eggs (not those one’s that claim to be but real one’s) and GMO should have one more character so i can label them all as 4-letter words.

  7. Dan continued to do all the work on farm as I was healing and caring for Summer and our son Sam. Family and friends helped us out the first week after Summer’s birth. A CSA member volunteered for 3 days and 2 nights during the 2nd week of July during our summer’s heat streak. We could not have done it without these family members a friends. We pushed through the season finding it quite fruitful and abundant. We even had Braise Restaurant out for a dinner on the farm August 18th (once again Dan prepared the garden completely for this event with his mom, and aunt still assisting in pulling weeds and watching our son Sam when we were busy).