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  •  So what? (13+ / 0-)

    People have the right to want whatever they want.  If they don't want GMO, they shouldn't have it forced upon them, even if it is 'safe'.  And adding GMO into food products without clearly labeling it as such does exactly that.

    Personally, I can't stand okra, so I never purchase any product containing okra.  And I can do that because okra will be labeled in ingredient lists.  And nobody is fighting to for the ability to leave okra off of labeling, because there is no 'big okra' lobby.

    GMO pushers fight to keep GMO offlabel for one reason and one reason only - their own profits.  They don't believe in free markets, wherein consumers get to choose whether or not to ingest GM, because they know a lot of people will choose not to, and their profits will tank.

    •  Okay (1+ / 0-)
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      When you can sample some corn and tell me if it's GMO or not, I'll be happy to listen to your argument in favor of labeling. That it requires labeling at all is a sure sign that customers are being irrational.

      Honestly, knowing whether a food has GMOs in it or not is about as relevant to the food as whether a particular breed of rabbit happened to cross within 5 miles of an organism's path. Shall we conduct a campaign advocating labeling of lapin proximity?

      You're right that people fight GMO labeling purely for profit. The only things that require labels are things that are potentially dangerous: Cigarettes, products with peanuts, products with that long-ass chemical name that you sometimes see in diet sodas ... these have legitimate health effects. GMO doesn't. Thus, labeling GMO foods serves only to punish the corporations that make them, for no good reason whatsoever.

      The government doesn't exist to provide people with what they want, or to protect them from their own paranoia - only to protect them from legitimate dangers and ensure a basic standard of living. GMOs, having been scientifically proven not to be a threat, are not worth government attention, any more than the lapin proximity warning I mentioned earlier. Indulging people's paranoia by labeling GMO foods would be an abuse of government power and would make a mockery of the need for legitimate regulation of business, as these labels serve no public benefit.

      TX-17 (Bill Flores-R), TX Sen-14 (Kirk Watson-D), TX HD-50 (Celia Israel-D)

      by Le Champignon on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 10:10:05 AM PST

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    •  Oh, we all like discrimination now? (0+ / 0-)

      Is it cool if I don't buy vegetables picked by homosexuals?

      Maybe Arizona can help me out with that.

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