Scientists have recently developed the techniques to insert genes into plant crops to give the plants new traits. For example, genes for insect resistance, originally from bacteria, can be placed into corn or soybean or potato plants. Other genes can be inserted that are for resistance to plant viruses or fungi, or that make a plant resistant to herbicides that are ordinarily used to kill weeds in that crop field.
Currently, there are no requirements in the United States for genetically engineered food to be labeled in a special way. Why is this? What regulations are there of genetically modified crops? Do consumers want labels on food crops that state that they are genetically modified? Would such labels help or harm us in the long run? Why might we want labels and why might we not want them?