I, as Brigger below, agree with you mostly. I agree with about 98% of what you said. Where you and I part is significant. It is the fork in the road, where each path leads to conclusions polar different. Here is what I disagree with:
If GMO producers chose not to voluntarily identify their products then I do not see it unreasonable that they be required to.
One, you used a word in way that the rest of your sentence clashes against: voluntarily. I like the word voluntarily, but your use of it is misplaced, because the second of two tracks on this issue is where that word should be. The second track? Answer: That NON-GMO producers from their volition, their voluntarism, label their products nonGMO without regard to law good or bad, that is, without success or attack/failure because of government (or, really, any other third party) involvement.
Because, where freedom lies is in the individual, who is the market, who decides who wins (his business, his money). The customer is who the farmer should market to, a direct process. But for quite some time now the farmer has marketed to the customer indirectly, indirectly meaning the farmer markets to law and chain grocery stores because their existence is contingent on law.
When someone intervenes, manipulation begins and grows to abundance, stifling everyone except the person who intervened, showing that he is controller and that the farmer (or any business person) the government gets involved with gets solidified into the market place, intrinsically being a barrier to who wants to farm (or enter whatever the business is the government has involved itself in).
I haven't read the article, but my guess is Mark, the man in the story, saw the error in advocating laws on GMOs. One, that's good. But more important than his change is, if its true, the moral of the story that activist mode should be refrained from until that would-be activist understands these two states -- unwelcomed intervention and freedom.
A world exist between those two states, and it's unfortunate, very unfortunate, when someone gets in activist mode about an issue involving those states (and most issues do involve them) when that person doesn't know those states. Ill conceived activism is yet another reason I yearn for freedom.
School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me
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