There is a big difference between this and the ongoing controversy over whether food containing genetically engineered ingredients must be labeled as such. In the absence of evidence that bio-engineered food could harm people who eat it, it’s hard to see the justification for requiring that information on labels. It’s one thing not to place every bit of information about food on every label; it’s another to actively mislead the public. Allowing the word “natural” to describe food whose genetic origin was the laboratory would make a mockery of food labeling.
This editorial was written for the Los Angeles Times.