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Wouldn’t exactly the same reasoning apply to many other products of GMOs, such as corn syrup, corn starch, vegetable oils and sugar? These are all purified and don’t contain DNA. But they’re not exempt from labeling in VT, and people fearful of gmos certainly don’t seem willing to give them a pass in the same way they do chymosin.
Then by the same argument, sugar from GM sugar beets, or HFCS or starch from GM corn should not require a GM label. It’s pretty difficult to use mental gymnastics and legalities to exempt your preferred product without the same rules applying to other products.
Actually, Ben, once you strip away the goals of the propaganda crowd, it’s ridiculously easy. Let the law be written so that it names the ingredient instead of triggering a vague and scary sounding phrase. A reasonably intelligent consumer can understand that sucrose from a GMO sugar beet is a different thing from cottonseed oil from a Bt cotton plant or a vitamin made by a genetically modified microorganism. The problems arise when the law is written to give some producers an advantage over other producers.