The “celebrity chefs” who used the James Beard Awards gala to call for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods have a super-size portion of self-interest behind their grandstanding (“2 top chefs join food fight,” news story, May 9). These chefs front for a pro-organic advocacy group that is heavily funded by organic food growers.

The “Keep Nature Natural” campaign doesn’t just demand unnecessary labeling of genetically engineered food. It also aggressively lobbies for tax breaks for organic farmers while using junk science to raise consumer apprehension in conventional and new high-tech food technologies. The USDA has repeatedly declared organic food to be neither safer nor more nutritious than conventional food.