I’d like to think that the public understands that food from living things contains DNA. I’d also like to think that the public understands that food from GMO crops also contains DNA and that the genes aren’t all from that species. Maybe they do. Maybe they don’t. When I say not all from the same species I mean that what we’re dealing with is a xenomorphic combination. That is a combination of DNA from two distinct species at the kingdom or phylum level. It’s where genetic material from a fish are added to corn. There is a reason it’s called “Frankencorn.”
The headlines about people supposedly not wanting DNA in their food refer to a story that emerged a few months ago about a survey conducted by Oklahoma State University. Two of the questions have to do with food labeling. The first asked if the people polled were in favor of or opposed to mandatory labels on foods containing DNA. The second asked if the people polled were in favor of or opposed to mandatory labels on foods produced with genetic engineering. The first question is badly written, confusing, clickbaity, and it is the source of the headlines. It’s a deceptive technique.
People deserve to have the food they purchase labeled and that labeling should include whether or not it has been genetically modified, and what foreign DNA sources were used in the modification.