What We Eat

What We Eat
Essay 4 FD
Writing 101  
We as consumers have a right to know what is going into our food that we eat. We have passed laws for decades now that allow us to make informed decisions and educate ourselves as to the content of a food package. However many companies – the largest of which is Monsanto Corporation have fought tirelessly the intervention of GMO labeling as they know that if people knew that their food had been genetically modified they might not want to purchase such a product – and this would cut into their profit margins – not good for business – and it is the consumer who pays in the end. Most European countries have outlawed GMO product nd yet Americans are largely unaware that GMO’s even exist.
Prop 37 was shut down just this last November.   Prop 37 read as follows: “Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.   Prohibits labeling or advertising such food as “natural.”   Exempts foods that are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.”   The bill would force food packaging to be properly labeled for consumers.   It seems that worries exist concerning lawsuits.   The Santa Cruz Sentinel: “Citizens would be empowered to sue grocers they believe to be selling unlabeled GE foods, without needing to prove any damages.   Clearly, this provision would create even more lawsuits.   And who would this benefit?   Lawyers”.  
The industry swears genetically engineered foods are safe even though their potential risks have not been fully studied.   Back in 1992, the Food and Drug...