Monday, February 2, 2015
"Okay, so the DNA thing just shows how uninformed/uneducated people are. Sort of like the classic survey to ban "Dihydrogen Monoxide(which is really just water)".
But, 82% of our customers want GMO foods labeled. They will get their wish. The only thing we need to look at is whether agricultural groups should be the ones writing it, or should we just continue to dig in our heels and eventually, let someone else write the legislation that will make it happen.
Measure 92 in Oregon failed by a couple hundred votes. With a margin that thin, they will try again. GMO labeling failed in California as well, but again, by a margin that makes me certain we'll see it on the ballot again. Whether you want to acknowledge it or not, Monsanto has become public enemy #1. I think Farm Bureau, and all of the rest of the commodity groups are going to start to get a real black eye if we continue to lobby along with Monsanto against labeling. I don't think it is the kind of press agriculture really needs right now.
Now I'm glad 92 failed in Oregon, as it was a very poorly written piece of legislation. But if we don't want to get stuck with something like that, agriculture needs to get out ahead of this issue and get some labeling legislation out there that we can live with. Preferably at the national level so we don't end up with bastard state specific laws.
I would compare this to the rBST labeling. I've asked lots of people about the rBST labeling. Guess what? No one looks at it aside for a small minority that is concerned about it. So, they can buy rBST free milk now if they choose, and the rest of us can buy cheaper milk. The same thing will happen with GMO labeling, IMO. A few years ago it was a big issue, now very few can even remember what is was all about. The quickest way for us to end this debate is to get some small statement to the effect of "This product may contain GMO ingredients, which have been proven safe by the USDA, etc"
This issue is NOT going to go away. We can continue to just deny, deny, deny, and let the Sierra Club types write it for us, or we can be part of the conversation."
I agree. What are your thoughts?