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Wednesday 11/21/12

End of the Food Police?
In an Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal recently, Jason Lusk, professor of agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University, told us to give thanks this holiday for the defeat California's Proposition 37 that would have required labeling of genetically modified foods. He thinks that defeat marks the death of at least part of the self-proclaimed "food movement" that wants to intrude into the nation's grocery stores and kitchens.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:24AM CST 11/21/12 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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Monsanto convinced their friends to pony up $46 Million to join them in cutting off the headlong rush toward Truth in Labeling, a frightening concept already alive in 61 Industrialized Nations. Oh, by the way, there's still 3.3 million votes not yet counted, but the MSM said, "Victory.", so it must be true. Also, it's a Pyrrhic victory, at best, as the entire nation is finally paying attention, something the "Labelers" wanted, but couldn't afford to do. Now, there are Anti-GMO Organizations in every state and they're gaining ground. You'll have to hope Monsanto can keep convincing all their resistance partners to keep ponying up the money after Legislation initiatives take flight in state after state in the coming months. That's not all, there's growing boycotts, as well as rising concerns being advocated by Authorities too well-regarded to be ignored, or as easy to be denigrated as some were early on. WE WILL have Labeling, coming faster than Monsanto ever thought possible...and they helped it all along. Gee-thanks, Monsanto.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 10:41AM CST 11/21/12
Ric, probably the best solution is for nonGMO food products to advertise that unless it is labeled to NOT contain GMO's that the consumer needs to assume it does contain GMO's
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:11AM CST 11/22/12
I fail to see the validity of the wannabees arguements. Till up the oversized, over fertilized, overwatered lawns, numerous recreation areas and get exercise growing your own, instead of riding around the course in a cart. Problem solved.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 7:17AM CST 11/22/12
Ric sure spices up a story! I read the two page list of backers against prop 37 and most were ethinic and social welfare organizations opposed to the higher food costs of labeling. We can also add the liberal LA times against 37. Not who you would expect to see in bed with an "evil" corporation like Monsanto. I also read that the Danish "fat tax" failed because it wasn't harsh enough to change habits - much like $3 gas did little to stop driving. If you want it bad enough, you'll pay for it! A "bad habit" tax is government at its lowest level. The only thing worse, is the rest of us tolerating such a government.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:36AM CST 11/25/12
In places where they TRY to grow their own, the FDA has been moving in and seizing the crop-or, if not them directly, associated State, County or Municipal Enforcement. IS this happening everywhere? Not yet, but it IS a growing problem-the magic question being, simply-why? As to the issue with the "poor" being saddled with higher food costs, the only factor that makes Organic more costly is Industrial Ag gets beau-coup subsidies-Organic does not. In the 61+ Countries where Labeling is the Law, the food costs less-in some cases less than half of what's sold here. (Note: the "offending" label is ALREADY on the export boxes...Hmmmmmmmm...)
Posted by Ric Ohge at 9:39AM CST 11/28/12
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