Friday, September 11, 2015

Forget GMOs, Label DNA!

A survey by economist Jayson Lusk at the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University found, unsurprisingly, that Americans remain skeptical of GMOs: 82 percent surveyed supported mandatory labeling of foods made with ingredients grown from GMOs. However, an astonishing 80 percent of those Americans supported mandatory labeling of foods containing DNA! (The difference between 82 and and 80 percent in this survey is statistically indistinguishable.)

My colleague, Ilya Somin, wrote up an interesting article about this, "Over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA”. His humorous take on DNA labeling follows: