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Misconceptions in Agriculture: Food Labeling

Updated: Jun 15, 2022

Food labeling can cause more harm than good. Have you ever bought something In the produce or meat section that says non-GMO or antibiotic-free? Although that statement is true all meats when they are processed are antibiotic-free and there are only 10 GMO crops grown in the United States. This means that if a cow, chicken, pig, or any livestock animal needed medication at some point in its life before that animal can be taken to a processing company there is a certain amount of time, called a withdrawal period, that the farmer has to weight before the animal can be harvested. The only potential GMO products in the USA are papaya, corn, alfalfa, soybeans, cotton, potatoes, squash, canola, sugar beets, and apples. This does not been every apple is a GMO but it could possibly be. These labels can trick people into thinking what they are getting is the only product that is non-GMO or antibiotic-free when that simply is not true. Similarly, products that say they are gluten-free when they would have never contained gluten in the first place.

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