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I oppose government mandated GMO labelling as it is not a libertarian or fiscally conservative position

The federal government lacks constitutional authority to mandate labeling of products containing genetically-modified food. Furthermore, those who do not wish to consume genetically-modified products should be leery of federally-mandated labeling because history shows that federal regulatory agencies are susceptible to 'capture,' where the regulators end up serving the interest of the business they are supposed to control. In the case of labeling, federal agencies could redefine the meaning of 'modified' to allow genetically-engineered food on the market without fully-informing consumers of the presence of genetically- engineered ingredients. Instead of federal regulation, consumers should demand that manufactures provide full information and refuse to buy those products that are not fully labeled. Once producers see there is a demand for non-genetically-engineered products they will act to fulfill that demand.

EDIT: As of right now (which is only 14 hours after making this post), I am down voted -7 and have a number of negative comments below, including one which is very rude. This is despite the fact that what I have written above is a direct quote from Ron Paul himself. I think this just shows how much so many people oppose Ron Paul's words when they don't apppear to be coming out of Ron Paul's mouth.

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I'm sure Ron Paul does, too.

I said as much on the Dr. Mercola site when he first suggested it. All it will do is force the lobbyists to try and get the regulations changed in their clients' favor.

We should sue companies that commit fraud by improper labels, but now they'll be able to hide behind the government's skirts as they do with "organic."

Some companies are starting to sell "non-GMO" products, and as their market share continues to grow, such labeling will become even more common. I would much prefer to buy from those companies than from companies that don't have a philosophy behind their labeling, but are just complying with regulations.

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Ron Paul DOES oppose it. My

Ron Paul DOES oppose it. My entire original post was actually a quote from Ron Paul. I did it as a test to see how people would respond.

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My husband and I went GMO free recently.

It's difficult and expensive, "GMO Free" and "Organic" labeling helps. We both have chronic illnesses and both take drugs (the legal prescription type)twice daily. We feel like we are being exterminated. We're being sprayed from the air and poisons have been put out for us to eat. The Exterminators are winning. I see a lot of disbelief on here. just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they are not out to get you. Study it and wake up, people!

I don't understand why you were down-voted. Your post contains some good points. We should always consider alternatives to more gov. regulation.

The fact that Monsanto is campaigning against labeling, sounds like reason enough to be for it.

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.

I oppose them trying to sell

I oppose them trying to sell me corn as corn and it not even having anything to do with corn. But because people don't know what GMO is they have no problem eating the shit. they have been told that it is just corn. Well I want to know what I'm eating. And if they are not going to ban the shit, let me know where it is so that I won't have to eat it. btw...they put all kinds of shit in GMO's.

here is just one article but there are many

GM Crops Being Mixed
With Human, Other Animal Genes
Field Experiments Of Bizarre Genetically Engineered
Crops Doubled In Past Two Years
Authorized Experiments Are A Risk To
Human Health And The Environment

"and the truth shall make you free"
John 8:32

I agree

Voted this up.

I'm a libertarian therefore I'm against the very concept of the FDA. Nobody is forced to buy these foods. What we need is education, which is what we see here. You guys have no idea how your articles on food and health have made me re-evaluate what I eat.

But it's similar to when Rand Paul told that bureaucrat how he wished people like her would "convince, or cojole" him to use energy saving toilets rather than using force.

I know the easy, faster way is government force but this movement has been rather taken over by organic-food lobbyists who mean well, but are ultimately asking for the same kinds of government force we were brought together to fight.

(I have less of a problem if a state alone decides to do this, but ultimately I still believe we're better off in the long run if the STATE stays out of food/drug policing).

How much deregulation do you want.

Let me ask you a question is it ok for food companies to put sticknin poison in our rice without having to tell us?

i bet folks would really start taking responsibility...

if this were possible! imagine how much better it would be if people had to really think hard and work hard to make sure they were eating healthily

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It's alright for food

It's alright for food companies and tobacco companies to do whatever they want. The free market will prevent them from trying to kill everyone because if they do, they'll just end up destroying themselves.

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If people start dropping dead

If people start dropping dead after they eat the rice with the "sticknin" poison in it wouldn't that hurt the rice companies sales? So why would the rice company want to hurt their sales by putting poison in their product?
Does anyone know what Ron Paul's position is on this?

reminds me of a bill hicks bit.

what performer wants their audience dead?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqbq3Ze6Qas&feature=related (starts @ 1:00 for impatient)

My original post is a direct

My original post is a direct quote from Ron Paul.

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Thanks for responding

I find it troubling that on the Daily Paul so many people are in favor of big government as long as its doing their bidding.

If such a thing were true you

If such a thing were true you could sue them if you were harmed from the poison. Or your family members if you died from it. I don't know why a company would want to put strychnine in their rice though.

Well believe it or not.

such a thing is true and they are putting stricknine in our rice and at dangerous levels. They are doing this so much in fact that the govorment is issueing warnings not to eat more then a bowl of rice a week . So you want to wait until one of your children is poisoned and then SUE! Woow thats really libertarian of you. The fact is these corporations have no trouble trying to kill us as long as they can make a profit and the sad thing is . Is the goverement is just as libertarian as you want them to be because they are doing nothing put a stop to it. Sorry I dont want to wait until my child dies and then sue.

And obviously gov't regulation is not helping the matter!

Only feed your children food you or someone you know personally, grows and prepares--if you want to go that far. it's your responsibility and not government's (they'll never really be concerned about your children anyway).

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Lancelotlink - You're

Lancelotlink - You're advocating for what I call preemptive justice. That's step #1 to being a total advocate for all government force. There's a product, or even an activity that MIGHT, MAYBE, COULD cause your CHILDREN danger so then government is going to act preeminently and violate liberty of individuals or businesses in order to stop this potentially bad event from occurring. This is precisely why hemp, drugs and raw milk are illegal. This is why they regulate EVERYTHING in the first place - it all starts from good intentions, just as yours does. But where it ends is the problem.

And if this rice really does have deadly poison in it, then don't eat it, or prove it and sue them with the many dead people who've died from their poisonous rice. If you can't, then more than likely the rice is fine. Better yet, you should launch campaigns with large groups to get stores to stop selling this rice. Educate, convince and work in order to bring about the better world you so desperately want.

I always thought this was the job of being libertarian? We use discussion, the art of convincing people where our enemies use force?



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