Friday’s edition of The Davis Enterprise included a letter by Vernette Marsh opposing Proposition 37. The letter contains nearly the full bounty of misinformation from the No on 37 side, including Marsh’s own take on the infallibility of scientists who genetically engineer food.
Yes on 37 is about a small amount of increased information added to current packaged goods being sold in grocery stores, which would inform shoppers whether or not the product contains genetically modified organisms. It is not a thumbs up or down on the GE process or GMO food.
Yes on 37 allows people to know more precisely what they are eating and who they are giving their money to. Sixty-one other countries already protect their citizens’ right to know, including the United Kingdom, Japan, China, India, Russia and all of the European Union. The labeling in other countries has not led to increased food costs for anyone, low-income included, or windfall lawsuits for lawyers.
Similar to nutritional information back panels, a GMO label will allow consumers to shop with a more informed choice, whether for reasons of diet, allergy, religion or because they want to support sustainable farming and business practices, which GE mono-cropping by design opposes.
As scientists continue to further explore the benefits or harm of GMOs, we as concerned citizens need to stay informed and focus on the science, health, sustainability and ethics, rather than the misinformation and scare tactics of either side of the GMO debate. The science and debate will continue into the future, but we deserve the packaging information today.
It is our right to know! Yes on 37!