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GMO Labeling Proposal Grabs Attention

Telling Your Story

Blogosphere reveals lots of misinformation but there's still time to set the record straight

Published on: November 1, 2012

The talk surrounding California's Proposition 37 – a proposal to label food products that include genetically modified material - is ramping up on a daily basis. Californians will vote on the measure Nov. 6.

On October 31, a debate between two bloggers with opposing views on Prop 37 was held at BlogHer.  The arguments summarize the two sides fairly well. There is an opportunity to comment at the end.  I encourage you to add your voice to this conversation. If nothing else, read the comments and see what people are actually saying. 

Blogosphere reveals lots of GMO misinformation but theres still time to set the record straight
Blogosphere reveals lots of GMO misinformation but there's still time to set the record straight

One thing that I've noticed is that the arguments comingle biotech technology with the company that produced it.  Most of the time when I ask people where their hatred is directed, the answer seems to be that the company and the science are one in the same.

Another argument that is common is that the obesity rate is up since biotech seeds were released. The timeline since biotech seeds were released also corresponds to when the internet really got up and running. 

Most people seem to spend a lot more time than they'd like to admit sitting behind a screen. There are probably a whole host of other reasons as well. My point is, I'm not sure the increase in obesity rates can be attributed to only one factor.

You might want to see what some of the common concerns are about GMOs. Recently, NPR had a blog on five common myths associated with GMOs. 

The perceptions that the public has regarding what you plant are being formed whether you are involved or not. This conversation is going on around the country, and I encourage you to be part of the discussion.