By Bill Maher
to a poll done a few years ago, over 90 percent of Americans in all age
groups and income levels think genetically modified food should be
labeled. Seems like a no-lose campaign issue for either Romney or Obama.
So why aren't they talking about it?
Back in 2007, Obama said
he supported food labeling; but since he's been president he's been
silent. And so has Romney, even though there's evidence
both Romney and his wife eat mostly organic food, which suggests to me
that they have at least some concern about what they put in their
mouths. Or maybe they're just trying to counteract the daily campaign
diet of photo-op corn dogs.
Actually, I can see why Romney would
be hesitant to talk about GMOs, because in his early days as a
consultant he helped convince the company Monsanto to shift its focus
from chemical manufacturing to biotech.
Leaving aside the question of whether genetically-modified crops are good or bad (and since some studies have shown feeding it to rats gives them giant tumors, I vote for "bad"), it’s a simple issue of you have the right to know what you're eating.
are constantly having freakouts over the phony notion that Obamacare
gives government bureaucrats control over their bodies. But Monsanto
already has control over your body, unless you spend eight hours a day
researching every item sold at Trader Joe's. Scientists can't even do
studies on Monstanto GM seeds unless Monstanto gives them permission
It reminds me of how when you buy the new Taylor Swift
album on iTunes you don't actually own the music. You only own a license
to play the music file.
Corporations are able to arbitrarily
make the rules and we just have to suck it up and accept it. That is, if
we want to eat and listen to music.