New York, NY (PRWEB) November 16, 2013
Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, discusses the GMO labeling debate taking place in Washington State and agrees that more needs to be done about GMO labeling to ensure consumers’ best interest.
According to a November 5, 2013 article published by Al Jazeera, titled, “GMO labeling debate grows in the US,” Initiative 522, a state law that would require special labels for food products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), has sparked a huge debate within the state of Washington.
Those who oppose the bill, like biotech and food corporations, believe that it will make GMO products completely unsellable. This will demand farmers to find alternative methods of farming which will ultimately raise costs.
Brandon Roozen, of the Skagit County Farm Bureau, highlights the effects this bill will have on farmers. “Right now, when you’re operating a farm business, you’re working [a majority] of the time just to make ends meet. The rest is profit margin, and anything that cuts into that margin affects things like employment and infrastructure.”
As GMOs and organic produce both gain notoriety, more research has been conducted. Health experts have concluded that GMO products are unnatural and unhealthy, not only for humans, but also for the environment. However, scientists have been unable to come to a general consensus on the side-effects of foods made with GMOs. Regardless, this law will not only have a regional influence but a national one as well, likely impacting the US citizens’ attitudes towards GMOs. Currently, twenty other states are reviewing similar laws to that of Initiative 522.
Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, agrees that consumers need to know what is in the food they are ingesting. “It’s a consumer’s choice to choose between organic produce and foods made with GMOs. I believe that they must be labeled so consumers can make the educated choice of which products to buy.”
Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.