Who Won the World Cup of GMO Labeling?
After Sunday’s World Cup final, a new global soccer champion will be crowned—but when it comes to GMO labeling laws in the 32 countries that took part in the tournament, the winners and losers are already known. Finalist Germany, fresh off crushing Brazil, 7–1, is victorious in that tournament—along with the rest of the teams from Europe, where labeling is mandatory.
Yesterday, the Environmental Working Group and Just Label It released a map and infographic that looks at labeling and the state of GMOs in all the World Cup countries. Following a map that shows the different labeling requirements from country to country—from across-the-board labeling requirements to Brazil’s requirement of a label if the G.E. ingredient content passes a certain threshold—is a breakdown of when laws were passed in each country and what GMO crops are grown there. So there’s Ecuador, which instituted a constitutional ban on certain GMO foods in 2008, and England, which passed a Monsanto-supported labeling law in 1997.
The tournament may be coming to a close—the upsets and master-class victories brought about by the world’s best teams all but over—but the Cup still offers an interesting frame for considering the ongoing global debate about GMO foods.