I agree philosophically... but in the end, right or wrong, forcing a community to allow the use of GMO products is the same thing that you just mentioned. The soda ban is idiotic, it should be a parents choice to educate on such things... all in the meantime, Bloomberg doesn't question how that soda is made. Its over 60% corn syrup from GMO poison. Our entire fast food industry, grocery store chains, soda industry, ethanol industry, CAFO meat industry, etc. are 100% dependent on GMO products. We wouldn't have fast food if it wasn't for GMO because the business model is dependent on insanely cheap, low grade meat & corn sugar products, hence dollar menu. Its not economically feasible without the subsidies lowering prices for these monstrosities. You cannot have a free market without equal playing fields.
I personally dont think banning this is the right way, but I also do not feel it is "big government." I think its too easy to throw that around. Its a county in rural Washington where a network of farmers are protesting the use of GMO products by banning its use. I am sure these farmers were already not using GMO, but its a statement to the larger federal subsidy system that "we dont approve." Its a communities choice for something of this nature and I do believe that individual cases are different and deserve different treatment.
The state of Washington also used BIG GOVERNMENT to decriminalize cannabis and make recreational use for adults over 21 legal. That is a good thing.
Their motto is "Dont Tread On Me"...