New ‘GMO-Free’ Label Approved by Agriculture Department

Good eggs.
Good eggs. Photo: iStockphoto

The USDA has approved an unprecedented rule for labels pertaining to genetically modified food, the Times reports. The department has given authority to the third-party Non-GMO Project to certify that various meat and egg products were produced “from animals that never ate feed containing genetically engineered ingredients like corn, soy and alfalfa.” Basically, the rule adds some transparency to consumers’ abilities to choose groceries based on their feelings about GMO foods. It is not representative of a governmental position on transgenic ingredients and does not represent any shift in policy, but it is the first such rule of its kind. Several states have passed or are debating legislation on similar labels, and Chipotle recently announced it had begun to voluntarily label GMO ingredients. [NYT, Related, Related]