Colorado's Proposition 105, on the current ballot, would require labeling of certain foods containing "genetically modified organisms" (GMOs). Vermont started requiring such labeling earlier this year.
The "no," anti-labeling forces have spent $11.2 million, filling my mailbox with billboard-size brochures. The "yes" group, "Right to Know Colorado" has spent less than $500,000.
The "no" people would like to say two things, but there is a slight contradiction between them.
1. "Genetically modified foods are perfectly nutritious and represent an advancement in agriculture."
2. "You — the person who buys and eats them — should not be informed that you are indeed eating them, because . . . . "
. . . exactly why, they can't really say, so there is a lot of smoke and mirrors and hand-waving and "Look over there!" coming from the people with the millions to spend.
Watch out! Requiring an extra line of type on the label will require a "huge bureaucracy." It will represent "unreliable information" (Like, how?) It will be "arbitrary" (Aren't all laws arbitrary?).
And so on. Look over there, here comes a huge bureaucracy!
No information. No argument based on logic. (You will find the nearest thing to that in the comments here.) Just scare tactics. And lots of Monsanto money.