Farmer Assurance Provision Protects Farmers, Not Monsanto

In Biotechnology, Farming, Media, Policy, Prop. 37 by Cathryn

Painting a seriously skewed portrait of the Farmer Assurance Provision, Elizabeth Kucinich played on anti-Monsanto, anti-capitalist sentiment in an attempt to whip up public fervor against a sensible law designed to protect America’s farm families. The resulting piece, which ran on the Huffington Post, uses a truly ridiculous combination of ominous implications and arguments based to mislead the masses and, …

Support for California GMO-labeling Proposition Plummets

In Biotechnology, Food, Food Prices, Prop. 37, Regulations by Cathryn

As the election draws closer, more and more California voters oppose Proposition 37, commonly referred to as the GMO-labeling law. A sharp decline in support, 19 percent in two weeks, shows that Californians understand the regulation increases opportunities for frivolous lawsuits and redefines simple terms like “natural” in a confusing way without actually providing useful information that benefits consumers. In …

Non-Arguments and GMO Labeling

In Prop. 37 by Ken

After our post yesterday on Prop. 37, a person commented on Twitter that it was “sillytalk” because 50 other countries, including CHINA (her emphasis, not mine) label GMOs. My comment that that was not really an argument displeased her. And, she picked the wrong country to want to emulate. There’s lots of things China does that we may not wish …

What Does the “Right to Know” Really Mean?

In Biotechnology, Prop. 37 by Ken

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 …

More Opposition to California Proposition

In Audio, Biotechnology, Prop. 37 by Cindy

A growing number of organizations are coming out against a ballot initiative in California that would require labeling of many products containing genetically-engineered (GE) food. While those in favor of Proposition 37 include trial lawyers, those urging Californians to vote No on Prop 37 include nearly 60 agricultural organizations. San Joaquin valley diversified farmer Greg Palla says the initiative would …

The Company Proposition 37 Keeps

In Biotechnology, Food, Politics, Prop. 37, Regulations by Cathryn

Voters, confronted by an onslaught of political advertising this year, might not have the time or energy to carefully peruse every issue confronting them on the ballot. With a myriad of possible implications and unspecified consequences, each issue presents challenges for even the politically-minded citizen. In the battle to make a choice that reflects their actual intention, many voters, quite …

Consumers Have a Right to Know

In Biotechnology, Farming, Food, Food Prices, General, Legislation, Politics, Prop. 37, State Groups by Cathryn

In the California GMO Labeling debate, it seems everyone involved can agree upon one basic premise – consumers have a right to know. The debate occurs around exactly what that right entails. Arguing to redefine terms such as “natural”, even to the exclusion of foods such as olive oil, proponents of the bill seem to believe consumers have a right …

GMO Labeling Proponents Tell Consumers They Know Everything, Trust They Know Nothing

In Biotechnology, Food, Food Prices, government, Prop. 37, Regulations by Cathryn

Hypocrisy has a strange way of coming to light during campaign season. For candidates and for ballot initiatives alike, the incongruent motivations of the groups promoting a particular vote often tanks what, at first glance, seemed to be a positive, simple campaign.  A ruling last week clarifying the ballot language to be used on California Proposition 37, the GMO-labeling law, …