Labelling: The consumer's right to know... At what cost?
Increasingly complex demands for labelling brought by consumer protection groups are based on the assumption that consumers will make better decisions at food stores if more information is available on labels. New labelling requirements fall into three broad categories, GM content, nutritional value, and pricing. One disturbing trend in Latin America is implementation of labelling requirements at the state and municipal level, as activists try to force food producers and retailers to meet their labelling demands. Steve Lewis investigates:
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