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You Have the Right to Know - Unless You Live in the U.S.




Practically every industrialized country in the world has demanded that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) be labeled if they are in your food. Many countries don't even allow them in the country. China has refused our GMO corn more than once.

The United States government has steadfastly refused to address the issue. The great thing about America? We can demand our rights be honored at the ballet box.

That is exactly what's going on California this November with Prop 37. It is a measure to require food companies to disclose if they have used genetically modified ingredients in their products.

Of course the biotech companies know if food companies have to disclose this many people will choose not to buy the product.

They claim such things as it will drive the cost of food up and other scare tactics. They have outspent the supporters of Prop 37 by millions of dollars.

To me it's no different than food companies placing the ingredients on the label and won't cost anymore either.

Imagine if food companies didn't have to list High Fructose Corn syrup or MSG on the label.

This is no different.

If you are not familiar with the facts about GMO's go to Institute for Responsible Technology website and learn more...your health depends on it.

Prop 37 could very well be the "straw that broke the camels back" this election year. Other states could soon follow suite and we would know what's in our food.

Until next time....

Spring Hill Farms

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Another multi-part response:

Dave, I'm not responding here because I necessarily disagree with the position you take. That's the problem: I DO agree with it, in very large part. But you're so naive that I find it difficult to sit still.

You've identified a problem that you and I both can agree is a problem. Your [apparent] method of solving this problem is to do the very thing that makes MORE such problems: government intervention. State level, federal level, it doesn't matter. Government is not in the business of fixing social pickles like this; their job is to **administer** social pickles - to keep them alive and manage them. The moment the social pickle is fixed, the government agency whose job it was suddenly goes away, and then thousands of people are out of work.

Posted by ross williams on October 11, 2012 at 03:06 PM EDT #

Thousands of the WRONG KINDS of people: government employees. Do you think they're likely to let that happen? We still have a Bureau of Indian Affairs, for godsake.

Yes, you're right: Big Ag doesn't want GMOs to be labeled as such, and [partly] for exactly the reason that you say: many people won't buy it.

But enough won't care that they'll stay in business, and they probably won't lose business, either. Just look back to what wonders were projected to come from "country of origin" labels. Did people stop buying fish from China? Not only no, but HELL no. Chinese fish farms with their sloppy feeding and noxious ponds are doing a land office business keeping up with US demand for their product. Boy, we sure showed them, didn't we?

The major issue with it is indeed cost; it's not a scare tactic, it's reality.

Posted by ross williams on October 11, 2012 at 03:07 PM EDT #

All changes to production have cost. The more you are required to put on labels, the more label-area you need, the more ink, the more cost. Do you label the stuff you sell? Even if you don't put on the hokey "nutrition information"? Probably; I certainly do.

Is labeling free for you? Of course not. I make jelly, and the single largest expense I have - even larger than the jars which I buy in bulk - is the sheets of labels, the software for label-making, and the ink cartridges. It costs twice as much to tell people whats inside the jar as it does to make the stuff on my stovetop, and 50% more than the jar to put it in.

Why would making labels, and making MORE labels, be different for anyone else? They have economy of scale on their side, yes, but it still adds cost.

Posted by ross williams on October 11, 2012 at 03:07 PM EDT #

But what happens when the government gets involved? Gosh, I dunno ... what happened when the government got involved in "organic" certification? Did it prevent Big Ag from co-opting the term? Nope. It got Big Ag to send their loyyers to USDA to tell USDA what the "organic" definition should be, and what the certification process should entail.

Have you looked at the "organic" certification process? You need to be a loyyer to figure it out, and you need a loyyer and a CPA to hold your hand through it. ...annually, I might add. If you're "organic" you already know this. If your "organic" and you can't add the 2 and 2 of this equation and get a positive integer between 3 and 5, then something's wrong on your end.

Posted by ross williams on October 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM EDT #

The government caters to one-size-fits-all solutions. You can't simply have organic food and "prove it's not". That's too simple, and doesn't employ enough government weenies. So you make a byzantine, officious, autocratic regulation that says in 2 million words what only needs the back of a farm supply store receipt to spell out, and suddenly the small farmers who are organic already because they don't have the money to spend to be NONorganic can't call themselves organic - because they can't afford the process.

You are playing into the very hands you want to slap.

You don't know what's in your food because mommy government requires Big Ag to tell you ... on labels that 999 out of a thousand people don't read anyway; you know what's in your food by getting off your butt and finding out.

Posted by ross williams on October 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM EDT #

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