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The Washington Post reports that "protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday," in 52 countries and 436 cities including Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, "as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces."

As the story notes, "Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds that are engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits or otherwise improve crop yields and increase the global food supply. Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States today have been genetically modified. But critics say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment. The use of GMOs has been a growing issue of contention in recent years, with health advocates pushing for mandatory labeling of genetically modified products even though the federal government and many scientists say the technology is safe."

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require the labeling of foods containing GMOs, but Whole Foods changed the debate earlier this year when it said that it will mandate that all the products sold in its US and Canadian stores be labeled if they contain any genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and it is giving its suppliers a five year deadline to meet this standard.

Monsanto maintains that "its seeds improve agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving resources such as water and energy," the Post writes.
KC's View:
I understand the FDA position, but it is swimming against the currents if it thinks that less transparency is a good thing. Not that it should be a huge surprise that a governmental entity would be against transparency.

Wait a minute. Didn't I write that already this morning?

The cases may be different, but the lesson, I think, is the same. Be pro-transparency, and you ultimately will be seen as being pro-consumer. be pro-consumer, and ultimately you will be on the right side of history.