Professor Mary L. Schander
Political Science 1
November 8, 2013
The Right to Know
Generally speaking, most biotechnology companies will have us believe that genetically engineered foods (GMOs) are perfectly safe for us to consume, have no health risk, and can resourcefully feed the World; then why is the debate, like initiative 522 – patterned after California’s Prop 37, that was rejected last year -- so important? As the final results for Washington’s State campaign on initiative 522 recently not passing – at least that is what statistics are showing at the moment -- more ballots will still be counted for in the next few day -- many believe that the future of food is not lost. With recent polls this year having shown that more than 90 percent of Americans support labeling, many believe that we have a political process that we have to address, not public opinion. Supporters of measure like initiative 522 and ‘Yes on 37’ have all been from millions of consumers, media outlets, food manufacturers and retailers; environmental, farming, health, faith-based, political, and labor groups. While those who are oppose to genetically modified (GM) labeling are entirely funded by giant biotech companies and junk food companies. As of right now, the United States has no regulations to mandate the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms [GMOs], and while 20 years ago none of our food that we were eating was genetically engineered, almost 75 percent of our food today has been modified; and yet long-term health risks are still unknown, don’t we as a free market, as people [the public], deserve to know what we [our families] are eating and how it’s being produced. Obviously the future viewpoint of genetically modified foods is in the near future, but as consumers, don’t we deserve to be educated and made aware of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their impact on our health and environment.
While 26 other states are considering -- or...