Frankenfood, Pro and Con

Frankenfood, Pro and Con

Conko Letter to Wall Street Journal
March 22, 2004

David Bowe writes in "Consumers Love Frankenfood" (editorial feature, Feb. 27) predicts that consumers will make their decision about genetically modified food based on quality, price, taste and safety.  He will be pleased to learn that his predictions have already come true.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Major grocers in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Netherlands sell maize oil and soybean oil in containers clearly labeled as genetically modified.  GM vegetable oil is placed without much fanfare or dramatic pricing difference on shelves next to traditional vegetable oils.  Clearly, other GM food products will find their appropriate niche and compete with traditional food when consumers are finally allowed the freedom to choose.

Alan McHughenUniversity of CaliforniaRiverside, California

Gregory ConkoCompetitive Enterprise InstituteWashington, D.C.