California voters reject labeling genetically altered food

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RasheedEmpire wrote:

This is not good…I cannot believe Monsanto and their minions fooled the people into thinking that their basic right to know is not worth the hassle. I just hope President Obama keeps his original campaign promise from his first presidential campaign to federally mandate the labelling of GMO products.

Nov 07, 2012 7:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
3bladerunner wrote:

This is the biggest disappointment of the election. Shame on corporate America for lying to the people of California. We DESERVE the right to know what is in our food.

Nov 07, 2012 3:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
usagadfly wrote:

It is not a question of food safety. It is a question of honest business. If a customer does not want to buy a product blindly, and tens of millions in the USA do not want to buy genetically modified foods (“Frankenfoods”), the label should inform them. Why conceal a pertinent fact? Why hide food ingredients that have resulted in many of our food exports being banned outright in the European Union and Japan?

The American people have a right to know what they buy. This is not a right that is for sale to the highest political bidder. Shame! Shame!

Nov 07, 2012 8:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
c_rader wrote:

I would not have voted for prop 37. They people pushing it didn’t really care about anyone’s right to know stuff. They wanted their own right to frighten people into buying more expensive food.

What’s your reason to want to know if a GMO is in your food? There are several possibilities. Maybe you want to know whether the food contains a plant-incorporated pesticide. Some GMO plants do, others don’t, and some non-GMO plants do. Maybe you want to avoid plants protected from weeds using herbicides. Some GMO plants are, some GMO plants aren’t, and some non-GMO plants are. Maybe you want only food developed by natural breeding processes. There are non-GMO plants bred using gamma radiation, chemical mutagenesis, etc. Even something as simple as grafting can’t be considered natural. Maybe you want to avoid monoculture agriculture. Almost all crops, GMO or not, are grown in monocultures.

Whatever your actual concern, the GMO label tells you far too little.

The game with Prop 37 is to lump together all GMO crops into a single category and scare people about it.

Nov 13, 2012 11:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
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