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GMO labeling initiatives rise from fear

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A food label is not the place to wage philosophical battles against modern production methods.

Recently, Monsanto shareholders curiously presented a resolution during the company’s annual general meeting in St. Louis, to force the company to take the lead on labeling of GMO food and food products. According to news reports, over 150,000 “concerned” people have signed a petition supporting the shareholders’ resolution. Coinciding with this, an ad appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch urging Monsanto to disclose risks posed by its GMO business.

My first thought would be for the biotechnology company to respond with its own ad in the newspaper consisting of two words to those shareholders – You Ninnies!”

There. Feel better.

 

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My second thought would be to ask the shareholders what the heck they think would happen to the share price should biotechnology continue to be attacked by nincompoops and nitwits, to wit: themselves.

And as for the signers of the petition? Thank goodness, there are only 150,000 of them. That’s one out of every 2,111 Americans. The other 2,110 go on with their lives every day, happy that America has grocery stores galore, each lined with aisle after aisle of fresh, safe, inexpensive food. Thankfully most are still wrapped in labels which are not used to wage philosophical battles against modern agricultural production methods.

On the other hand, day after day, we have to listen to obnoxiously clueless people like Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, a senior scientist at Pesticide Action Network.

“Agricultural scientists warn that introduction of Monsanto’s new crops are a very bad idea, and would lead to a surge in antiquated and hazardous pesticide use across the country. The end result is severe damage to vulnerable crops, loss of farm businesses, and harm to rural communities’ health.”

Exactly where Marcia has been the last 18 years is anybody’s guess, but she certainly has not been in the presence of a real agricultural scientist. Ask around, the use of harsher pesticides has decreased significantly since genetically-engineered crops entered the market in 1996.

We would hope that most Americans understand that emotion is driving GMO initiatives. Like Justin Danhof, director National Center Free Enterprise, who was to have addressed shareholders in St. Louis.

“Some people fear GMO foods because they can’t tell the difference between them and the more traditionally-grown foods, but fear isn’t always rational. When it isn’t, we shouldn’t let it make our decisions for us.”

“The demonization of genetically-modified foods could have a tragic result if it stops or slows the use of seeds that improve agricultural yields and nutrition in the Third World,” adds Amy Ridenour, chairman of National Center for Public Policy Research and Monsanto shareholder. “GMOs are even more environment-friendly than traditional farming. As GMOs are safe, why surrender the benefits?”

By the way, the GMO labeling resolution was soundly rejected by shareholders.

Discuss this Blog Entry 4

on Mar 7, 2014

They label rat poison rat poison, whats wrong with a little truth in advertising. Millions of Europeans and hundreds of millions of Chinese and other nations of the world, recognize GMO's for what they really are. Poison creating cancer in all of us. Only a american would sell poison to its own citizens and refuse to label it. Millions of americans dream of leaving these shores , so that we are not exposed to the toxic chemicals corporate america diabolically transfers into all our diets. These are evil corporations only high bent on profit. Who ever heard of a farmer that couldnt produce his own seed, and corporations that cant be sued (Monsanto Act) even if they poison the masses, all evil of the highest order.

on Mar 9, 2014

Please put a little truth in your comment about GMO. GMO crop is not poisonous, but rumors are.

on Mar 10, 2014

One thing is interesting is that a trace of poison is still poison and kills slowly. While both sides of the issues need a lot of study, we do know that no Roundup is safer than a little. You might want to tame your spirit to allow a diversity of opinions instead of name calling. You have a right to your opinion as well as others. Perhaps at the bottom of all this, whether the emotional process is stable or not, it is undeniably a political process when there are close ties to the management team at a genetic engineering company and the arm of the government that controls food safety. That doesn't inspire any confidence to those of us who question the integrity of genetic engineering. And then the name calling could be called a rumor as well?

on Jun 10, 2014

You forget to include about rights to know about the products that we buy.

Yes, you all have the right to farm.....now you cannot/should obstruct the consumers right to know. This has nothing to do with hysteria.....it's choice. Boycotting of these products will continue....labels will eventually be obtained

"GMO labeling resolution was soundly rejected by shareholders" & they are probably ashamed to stand up and YES I am in power and rejected you're basic human right! Obstructing justice.

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