California vote on genetically modified foods a win for food industry

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 9, 2012 - 10:19 AM

An industry advertising blitz led to this week's rejection of a proposal to require labels on genetically modified foods.

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buzzard23Nov. 8, 1210:42 PM

"sugar beats"....are these manufactured by Dr. Dre?

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Willy53Nov. 9, 12 5:28 AM

The losers are the people of the United States. GE labeling should be at the forefront of US Agricultural Policy. The Corporate Agri giants that this newspapaer pays homeage to do not care about the health of consumers. Their is ample research to suggest that there are health impacts to GE modified foods. We know that ecological and biological interactions in the natural world with GE modified plants could be catastrophic in the long run. This issue is under-reported. Don't expect the Strib to reverse that. GE labling is a Consumer issue and directly effects the health of US citizens. This is a classic case of why unregulated corporate greed is bad for America.

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duchy418Nov. 9, 12 6:06 AM

Not sure what to think. When genes from animals are used in plants, it makes you wonder if eating GMO doesn't have some side effects.

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oldvinnieNov. 9, 12 7:31 AM

Buy CA voted to raise taxes. Aren't you envious?

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jaccolaNov. 9, 12 8:58 AM

Unfortunately, the genie is already out of the bottle. Most of the corn, soybeans, and sugar beets grown in the U.S. are already genetically modified. I doubt if there is much processed food on the market that doesn't contain one of those crops.

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jcinmnNov. 9, 1211:32 AM

With this decision and the fact that 90% of all cattle, swine and, presumably poultry feed is GE we really don't need labeling. If it is sold on the shelves of supermarkets assume that it is GE. Personally I would prefer a GE vegetable rather than one that has constantly been sprayed with pesticides. I believe that chromosomes and genes are broken down in the digestive system into amino acids whereas pesticides are as poisonous to my cells as they are to the insects they're designed to kill.

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marathongirlNov. 9, 1211:43 AM

"jcinmn - I believe that chromosomes and genes are broken down in the digestive system into amino acids whereas pesticides are as poisonous to my cells as they are to the insects they're designed to kill." - You do realize that some of the GE foods have been cut with pesticides INSIDE the seeds. That makes it so that they can spray the food and not have it die...they are referred to as roundup ready seeds and if you think eating GE foods makes it better, you are very sorely mistaken on that.

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marathongirlNov. 9, 1211:46 AM

Win for big food and lose for the consumers. The companies that spent so much money fighting Prop 37 are already required to label any genetically modified foods if they sell the same foods in Europe and other countries that require labeling. They would not have had any bigger expense labeling the food, however they would've potentially lost money if they had to label it as consumers would've potentially stopped buying it, choosing with their dollars to force the companies to find healthier alternatives. This was a huge loss for all of us. I don't care if some of you don't care what you eat, I do care and would like to have knowledge of what is in the food I'm eating. I do read the labels, if you don't want it, don't read them, just like nutritional information in restaurants, but some of us would like to know definitively and it's not right that we don't. And the FDA saying they are safe, does not inspire confidence in me.

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marathongirlNov. 9, 1211:52 AM

"The food and ag industries counter that most scientists back the safety of GE-derived foods, as do regulators." -- And because the seeds have patents, and to protect "secrecy" the only people allowed to do any studies on them are scientists that work for these companies...and the FDA takes their studies and their word for the fact that the foods are fine. It took them 30 years of transfats being on the market to figure out that ooops, maybe those aren't as safe as we though they were...maybe in another 8-10 years we'll finally find out the effects of these foods. Hmm, obesity levels are up, food allergies are up, cancers are up... but none of those could be related to the foods we are putting into our bodies right? Maybe they are, maybe they aren't, but I still feel I have a right to know what is in my food. Currently 61 countries require it, when is this country going to wise up?

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davehougNov. 9, 1211:52 AM

Their is ample research to suggest that there are health impacts to GE modified foods - - please inform us. I doubt the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta would concur. But if they do, THEN you have my vote.

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