tilandra wrote:This was one prop from CA that I was really hoping would pass... why are you wooing at LESS information for the consumer? Just curious, not trying to start a flame war. It's just... wow, what are those companies trying to hide? They spent millions of dollars in advertising to make sure they didn't have to change their labels? They change their labels on a whim just for artistic license, but somehow, labeling something that's been genetically modified using bacteria is somehow going to be expensive and raise costs? Not buying that excuse.
Hi. Sorry it's taking me so long to respond. First of all, no flame wars here. The nature of this thread is contrarian, argumentative, and at times, heated. Stick around! New blood is always a positive thing in this thread.
As to your question, it's been pretty well covered by the three gents (well, two and BowTie) above me.
My main issue was "what's the point." Every single thing you eat has been genetically modified. And that's a good thing! Bug resistant, weather strong, faster growing, healthier, etc. etc. etc. All upsides. And there is NO downside.
Another issue I had was the sponsorship on the "pro 37" side. The g*d damn, quasi-religious, "Organic" food gourds! I hate that entire movement. It's probably the biggest BS movement of this decade along with AirBorn and those stupid power bracelets. This is a great article written by Peter Wellington on the topic.
And lastly, my issue was the negative impact on the free market. It's going to cost extra money on multiple levels (lawyers for the relabeling which the consumer pays for, court fees associated with lawsuits, etc.) And all that for something that should be known by every single person who eats any food at all (see point one). As to the excuse you're not buying, this isn't changing a label to make it look pretty. That's easy to do. Changing a label to follow legal changes is much different. I do a little with compliance, although in a completely different realm (education), and it is difficult, full of minutiae, and expensive. And if you make a single mistake, you get sued with returns us to the lawyers and court fees, both of which we, the consumers will pay, via increased food cost and taxes.
Edit: I just reread PW's article. Probably my favorite of his ramblings. He mentions Ted Kaczynski along with Organic food. Awesome!
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