As global food authorities meet in Ottawa this week to discuss putting labels on all genetically improved foods, National Public Radio examines how this has become “a pet cause of many organizations.” Activists from the National Environmental Trust and The Food Alliance brought their fear-mongering to NPR’s microphones, insisting that only a mandatory GE-food label would satisfy the public’s desire to know what they’re eating. What they’re not telling you, though, is that a biotech food label is usually interpreted as a warning, driving perfectly safe and healthful products from the marketplace.

The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods, a coalition of like-minded activist groups, admitted as much last year, noting that European paranoia over biotech foods can be reproduced here in the United States: “Labeling has nearly the same effect as a ban; we expect the same thing to happen in the United States. Perhaps in another two or three years there will be enough opposition to GE foods to ban them.” [Note: you will need RealPlayer to listen to this audio clip.]