Posted: September 25, 2012
California Proposition 37, which if it passes in November will require labeling of some foods sold in that state that have genetically engineered ingredients, is billed as protecting consumers’ “right to know” what’s in their food.
But where is this nebulous “right” spelled out? It is certainly not a legal right, although the government does require food labeling that pertains to the health or safety of foods sold. Likewise, food makers have the option to label their food to meet certain marketing needs, such as Kosher. Here is one philosopher’s opinion of the difference between “moral right” and “legal right.” There is a big difference between the two, especially when it comes to governmental involvement.
The fact is, I don’t blame people who want to know what’s in the food they buy. And there are a lot of sources of information people can turn to, to find out about GMOs. Here’s one, for example. If you are shopping for food, and don’t want “GMOs,” and the food maker or seller does not give you the information, go somewhere else or get something else.
Frankly, if enough consumers demand GMO-free food ingredients, the marketplace will deliver, as it has for other ingredients that have been debated over time, regardless of the scientific merit or non-merit of the debate. We don’t need to force the government and politicians to take over.