Genetically modified labeling policies: Moving forward or backward?

Bárbara Juliana Pinheiro Borges, Olivia Márcia Nagy Arantes, Antonio Alberto Ribeiro Fernandes, James R. Broach, Patricia Machado Bueno Fernandes

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One of the priorities to address food security is to increase the access of farmers to biotechnology, through the application of scientific advances, such as genetically modified organisms and food (GMF). However, the spread of (mis)information about their safety strengthens the clamor for mandatory GMF labeling. This paper provides an overview of food labeling policies, considering the principles suggested by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, and analyzes the consequences for the world food security of the Brazilian labeling policies compared to developed countries. We discuss the discriminatory application of GMF mandatory labeling in the absence of any scientific evidence as it has the potential of causing social harm and jeopardizes research, production, and distribution of food and consumers' right to information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number181
JournalFrontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Issue numberNOV
StatePublished - Nov 27 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Histology
  • Biomedical Engineering


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