NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – For years, there have been growing calls to put specific labels on foods to indicate whether they contain genetically-modified organisms, better known as GMOs.
A poll from the Associated Press GFK shows that 66 percent of Americans like the idea of having food manufacturers put labels on foods with GMOs, even though almost half of those Americans say they don’t factor in GMOs when they make a decision about the healthiness of the food.
Richard Cooper, the owner of the State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, told 22News that having more GMO labels shouldn’t affect grocery sales, but it could affect how you buy your food.
“I do think that it’s going to help the whole ‘buy local,’ because certainly we deal with a lot of local farmers. You know the farmers, you know their source. It’s easy to trace things back and find out what kind of grains they’re using,” Cooper said.
The Food and Drug Administration does not require labeling of GMO foods, but Cooper says an informed consumer is the best consumer.