Am I Taking Crazy Pills?
I identify as liberal, though most who know me know I’m probably not your typical liberal. But I’m trying to figure out why I seem to be the only person I know who does not believe that foods containing GMOs should be legally required to label as such. To me, mandated speech is just as much a “free speech” issue as halting it. And while I recognize that companies aren’t people and don’t have all the same rights, I still find it bothersome. Especially given that I have yet to see hard evidence that GMOs actually pose any kind of threat. Proponents of such laws argue that folks have a right to know and, more importantly, want GMO-free food. But if that were the case, wouldn’t we see organizations develop standards for being certified GMO-free and companies printing money by catering to this supposedly massive market?
To me, it seems that a very vocal minority wants their personal preferences codified into law. Which is nothing new. But I haven’t seen much in the way in terms of arguments against such laws and that which I have tends to be dismissed as a bunch of Monsanto-backed propaganda.
So, what gives? Am I the only person not associated with Monsanto to have a principled objection to these laws? Am I a bad liberal? Am I missing something entirely? AM I TAKING CRAZY PILLS?!?!