GM Food Label Law Is Voted Down

Read why the GM food label law failed to pass and what it means to the health of you and your family.

by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.

The second most important vote this November 2012 as initially reported in our September 27, 2012 blog (See www.liattorney.com/scales-of-justice.html), was decided by Californians with a resounding "No".  That was the outcome of Proposition 37, on whether or not to pass a law requiring that genetically modified foods be labelled as such, in support of the consumer's right to know what is in our food.  Had California passed this groundbreaking law safeguarding the health of consumers, it is believed that other states would have followed suit, eventually making it a possible federal law.

Although many find it hard to believe that such a law requiring labeling of genetically modified foods would be voted down by the people, the result appears to be mostly a testimony to the power of money.  Forty six million dollars were spent in the opposition's allegedly fraudulent and deceptive campaign, funded by Monsanto, DuPont, Coca Cola, PepsiCo, General Mills and other food and pesticide companies.  The alleged fraud and deception was claimed to have been so extensive that it is now the subject of a criminal complaint filed with the FBI.

Proponents of Proposition 37 maintain that despite the defeat, they have achieved a victory in heightened public awareness.  They further purport, that this is just the beginning of their campaign and that efforts will continue from state to state until a law is passed.  

Read the full article and about how to protect the health of you and your family, in our latest Scales of Justice blog at www.liattorney/scales-of-justice.html.

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K. November 08, 2012 at 02:18 PM
How can this so definitively be descibed as a "groundbreaking law SAFEGUARDING [my emphasis] the health of consumers..."? The supposition is that consumers' health is at risk simply because the product is genetically modified. Such labeling puts the product at an unfair marketplace disadvantage as those who do not know better (and we all probably know many of them), will equate a label statement will a label warning. As our populace becomes increasingly Scientifically "illiterate", these types of measures are driven more by emotion (fear), media-hype, and skewed psedo-science provided to the layman, than informed decision-making. GM foods are feeding millions around the world who would otherwise starve. (I have no personal stake in, or love of Monsanto, Dupont, etc., but I do like Common Sense).
m November 08, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Proponents believe that common sense dictates that consumers should have the right to know what is in their food and it is that right that safeguards them.


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