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Should the sale of genetically modified food be banned?
In a country with a majority of the public against genetically modified foods, the government is obligated to ban them.
Public opinion is against genetically modified foods in a number of countries where studies have been conducted.
Government agencies should at least respond to grievances from concerned citizens with assurances for those concerned to be able to exercise consumer choice.
The quality of food has a widespread, systematic and long-term impact on all members of the society - questions with these features must be decided by general public in democratic states.
When there is no unambiguous, logical and informed decision that can be made by the government, the public must have the final word.
It is the voter-mandated mission of governments and their agencies to ensure safeguards against products that may cause harms to citizens.
Who should decide and what their decision should be are different questions. The thesis is about the latter, should GMOs be banned. This point is about who, and does not even address the question of why voters should so decide.
A study done by the
shows that as income level and education level rises, people are more supportive of GMOs. This suggests that less-educated people are the main opponents of GMOs.
People should be able to choose what to buy by voting with their money.
The people against the sale of GMO's are not harmed by others buying it. So only the people in favour are relevant, provided that GMO's are clearly labelled.
Governments are not obligated to act upon majority opinion.