GMO concerns aren’t just a political issue

Yesterday I told you about the lawsuit a California woman brought against Chipotle for deceitfully claiming not to use genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The case was dismissed — despite the fact that Chipotle clearly uses meat and dairy from animals fed GMO diets and serves GMO-laden soft drinks. But according to the judge, it’s all a matter of interpretation.

If that logic outrages you, you’re not alone. And the people who share your outrage may not be people you’re used to seeing on your side of the issues.

The GMO debate can be hugely polarizing. But unlike many other polarizing debates, a person’s thoughts on GMOs are not linked to their politics. That’s what a recent Pew Research Center study found after surveying nearly 1,500 adults.

Roughly the same number of Democrats (40 percent) and Republicans (39 percent) think GMOs are worse for a person’s health. Fears about GMOs also don’t change much with a person’s level of education, gender, age, or income.

What is the common link? “Individual concerns and philosophies about the relationship between food and well-being,” according to the study’s authors.

Not too surprising, when you think about it. Those of us who see the link between food and well-being are not comfortable eating foods whose ingredients were created in a laboratory and haven’t been tested (except on us). And that has nothing to do with politics — just common sense.

This truly is a nonpartisan issue, and one we should all continue to fight against. Because as I told you yesterday, our government certainly isn’t advocating on our behalf.