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The Libertarian Case AGAINST Mandatory GMO Labeling


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Libertarians should be opposed to government mandates forcing food companies to label genetically modified foods. We should support the free market and getting the government out of the food industry. Let’s not give more power to the FDA. Many companies already voluntarily label food containing no genetically modified ingredients.

“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. Of course, makers of genetically-engineered food should be held legally responsible if they fraudulently market their products or harm anyone”- Ron Paul.

Was Rand Paul Right to Vote Against Mandated Labeling of GMOs?

Rand Paul’s recent NO vote on a bill requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods is causing quite a stir in the Ron Paul community. Over at the Daily Paul, a very heated exchange is underway including comments like this from ‘ freetoroam,’ ” He (Rand Paul) is a disaster and votes like this drive good Americans away from the Liberty movement.

Non GMO Project: http://www.nongmoproject.org/

AFA Foods Files Bankruptcy Citing ‘Pink Slime’ Coverage: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-02/afa-foods-files-bankruptcy-citing-pink-slime-coverage.html

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38 Comments

  1. I respect your opinion because I think of you as being a smart person, but
    I disaggree. It is not the governments will to label gmo’s, its the
    peoples’. If the people want to ensure which foods are gmo and which ones
    are’nt, then there is nothing anti-liberterian about it. Libertarianism is
    about liberty for people, but not for corporations and government, they
    need to be reasonably regulated.

  2. My opinion has just been changed, good job. After all with the internet at
    our fingertips, we can easily find out on our own initiative if food is
    genetically modified or not

  3. So to the anti-gmo people, you do know literally all food in the grocery
    store is genetically modified. When a farm splices seeds together to get an
    orange tree that has no seeds in the fruit… that is genetic modification.
    And its far better to target a gene and turn it on or off than making
    10000s of mutations.

    Imagine wheat with vitamin A in it for Africa. We are in the single digits
    for poverty levels because of technology and innovation.

    By all means pick your foods. But you have got to be woefully naive to
    think anything in a wrapper is not genetically modified. Even before
    genetic research we were modifying foods. GMOs is a non-issue and the
    people against them are luddites.

  4. There is only one flaw in this. Most people do not want to educate
    themselves as to which foods contain gmo’s. Thats why they just want “the
    government” to hold there hand and basically control them and treat them
    like a child. It sucks, thats how people are these days. As a country we
    have grown complacent, fat and lazy. Example, in poverty struck communities
    in both Boston and Chicago retailers stopped selling fresh produce. Why,
    because there was no demand for it. Retailers were losing money hand over
    fist on fresh produce so they were forced to quit supplying the product.
    The people in these communities voted with there wallets. 

  5. So you mean that if someone were to die because they ate something that
    reacted wrong with their body because it was genetically altered then it
    would be okay because the companies aren’t being controlled by the
    government? I agree that there should be as little government interference
    as possible, but it IS necessary in some cases. Quite honestly you are just
    sounding like an anarchist the more I watch your videos.

  6. Also, how do you expect blue-collar families to go to places such as Whole
    Foods? I mean at that store chicken is EIGHT DOLLARS A POUND! How do you
    expect the poor to go there?

  7. Amen, sister. i am amazed that companies haven’t jumped on this. If you are
    marketing a quality product and its not GMO and you label it as such, I’ll
    pay a little more for it. Its baffling that I’m not seeing this when I walk
    through the grocery store. How are companies not seizing this golden
    opportunity to increse their market share and profit margin (as long as
    they don’t make the cost prohibitive. If its me, my non-GMO label is bigger
    than my brand label.

  8. Ok, then let’s just get rid of any government agency that bother free
    market companies for the sake of consumer and environmental safety such as
    OSHA, EPA, USDA, & FDA. We will just try to figure out which company is
    safe to work for and which unregulated food companies are not using
    petroleum based fillers or which pharma drug to use with no real scientific
    trials because we have unlimited time for that extensive research while
    trying to make a living to pay for over inflated products. Money and greed
    are alive and well and I wish the free market could balance this out but it
    doesn’t. There has to be checks and balances in place to prevent abuse of
    power and influance. The presenter is cute and perky and I would love to
    agree with her in a perfect world. She makes some very valid points but
    look around you and tell me that all corporate entities are ethical and
    running their business in our best intetest. Sincerely

  9. Funny, in another video you seem all for government mandates against
    abortion. But your plan for all those unwanted children growing up in
    hellish evironments to become criminals and psychopaths? throw em to the
    wolves of the free market! let the prison corporations gobble them up after
    the police kick their doors down and drag them off in the middle of the
    night and the injustice system auctions them off to to the new slave
    plantations, CCA, UNICOR, GEO Group, etc.

  10. So, no automobile safety checks,testing ect, performed by the govt. Let’s
    leave it up
    to some asshole in their garage, or just don’t buy a car! Julie read up on
    Ralph Nader
    and the auto industry…would you leave it up the the automakers with such
    an appalling track record? How many people have to die to compel them to
    clean up their act? they don’t care, unless we the people enact laws to
    threaten them.How would a judiciary receive its power under a system of
    almost no govt.? Who would protect your property rights? The main problem I
    have with libertarian theory is it never really spells out in detail how
    certain functions of society would remain in place. It seems to me to be a
    regression to an earlier imagined past. In which nobody has any
    responsibility to anyone else, no social contract ..social darwinism

  11. It is already a government mandate that was forced into our food
    supplies. The issue is not only a health concern but its also about a big
    corporation hidden agenda of their GMO PATENT SEEDS. Yes I said, “PATENT
    GMO SEEDS”. If our corrupted government did not allow Monsanto, Dow etc.
    to patent their immoral Genetically Modified seeds….we all wouldn’t be
    talking about this issue today nor wouldn’t Monsanto be suing any body.
    That alone should tell you something of what this is really about. 

  12. Yeah God forbid I should actually know what the fuck is going in my body?
    There has never been and will never be a free market so lets just end that
    fantasy now. Companies should be free to label their food on their own?
    Jesus, this is fucking stupid as shit. How is the consumer going to be
    educated if the corporations are not required to be honest? This
    libertarian idea of the “invisible hand” is fucking naive and has been
    debunked time and time again.

    If only you had an ounce of basis in reality…

  13. This is the one and only time I disagree with you. While I disagree with
    government force on anything, i think it’s wrong for government supported
    corporations to lie to the American people. Considering the U.S. Government
    put Monsanto in charge of our food supply, the least they can do is tell us
    what is in our food. 

  14. Your view about the market providing the solution of voluntary labeling,
    that may be a good thing, but there are many reasons why its better to do
    mandatory labeling, Its easier for consumers to have more readily the
    information needed, so with their buying power they make the change sooner,
    before they get even more powerful, once that happens, keep in mind they
    are already powerful, their pesticides are killing the bees, which
    indirectly hurts us by reducing our food supply , contaminate non gmo crops
    thru the wind, making it easier to identify non GMO food
    2 the industry opposes the bill for a reason: you are forgetting the
    unintended consequences, which is kinda the last paragraph of my last
    point they destroy the soil, adjacent crops get contaminated, and people
    who get sick from gmos dont know it until its too late. In the meantime
    that they are growing , the soil the bees, the health care costs will go up
    dramatically. Also by being powerfull they will render the free market
    less functional, by buying politicians like obama ( see mosnanto protection
    act) who sign legislation, hey are basically above the law, so if they
    cause trouble destruction they wont go to jail, like the banksters when
    they crashed the economy in 2008. what you are saying is let a virus
    infectation take over and only when it has caused a lot and or irreversible
    damage you really then should act.

    How can you make a FREE MARKET CHOICE as libertarians imply, if they dont
    have access or extremley difficult acces to basic information to make a
    choice? what are you are sugesting is NOT libertarian is radical anarchy,
    here’s why: In the economy whether its in the financial or the food system
    in order for it to function properly,we need basic information on products
    and markets otherwise the system would collapse, how would you like to buy
    a car, that the sellers is nor required to put the milage, horsepower, fuel
    efficiency, repairs made, etc how in hell could you make a decision to buy
    a car?? how can you make a free choice if someone is under reporting the
    miles? the capitalist system that libertarians supposedly love needs to
    punish fraud in order to work, so you NEED A MANDATE against fraud , if
    you have serious food allergies, or need to eat healthy for a diet etc, and
    image your food not having any info on weight, sugar content, fat content,
    no info on ingredients no info as to whether its expired or not how are you
    gonna know whats in your food? its EXTREMITY impractical not only for
    customers all the time have to be inquiring about their product, its gonna
    be even hard to keep track of the products but even the companies would be
    overwhelmed with so many people inquiring. 

  15. How can you rely on big corporations? Even labeled organic food can contain
    some amount of GMO. Same as with murders, theft and other illegal
    activities, GMO needs to be regulated and government needs to step in
    because it is harmful. Every company that produces harmful products need to
    let the customer know that their product may be harmful to people and
    environment. Same as we force cigarette companies to write about harm the
    tobacco has on us, or what side effects some drugs have. Many organic foods
    are much more expensive and many people can’t afford it. Labeling GMO food
    will give organic food producers a chance, because they will have a chance
    to sell more products than they do now, because I believe many people would
    rather choose Organic than GMO. The only party that don’t want the labeling
    are big companies, restaurants and other organizations, because their sells
    would go down, but organic food producers would have a field day.

  16. I don’t disagree, but I have a question. You said you could have a case of
    fraud if the company says the food doesn’t have GMO when it does, but how
    would this case go down if the government isn’t checking what’s in food?

  17. We just need to get rid of government, corporations will fix everything!
    Why? Because Julie Borowski says so!

  18. This proves nothing, but every single “Libertarian” that I know is on
    government disability. Adam Kokesh is jumping all over the place, and he
    collects an 80% disability check. Are there any actual Libertarians out
    there?

  19. I do believe that these GMO foods should be shown as such. People, for
    whatever reasons, sensible and reasonable, or not, seem to object to these
    foods and they have the right to know if these foods are what they object
    to. I do not believe that the government should use taxes to inform of
    these foods. If people seek protection from anything at all, they should
    pay for this protection themselves. People seem to have little difficulty
    in forming unions for their own protection, and they know the companies
    involved with these modifications and so I do not find it necessary for
    myself and other taxpayers to pay for any sense of security demanded by
    those who rail against these companies. Likewise I do not wish to pay for
    the apparently ever failing birth control methods that these people demand,
    or the abortions they need because of their apparent inability to properly
    and responsibly utilize these contraceptives. I think that the taxpayer is
    already well enough involved in supporting the stupid as it is. It has
    become impossible to recognize the village idiot at this point, the entire
    village has become idiotic by means of government and the socialism that
    our government forces upon us all. I am not a citizen of these idiotic
    villages of government manufacture by choice. I protect myself from idiocy
    by rational, responsible action and by paying the price of my own idiocy in
    the few cases that I fail to act responsibly. Go away, idiots, I am not
    interested in supporting you. I have an idiotic cat to support that I
    actually am fond of, I can’t stand you.

  20. this biitch done lost her mind. but again she just another female brain
    washed like rest of em.

  21. Also, there is a scientific consensus that GMOs are just as safe as any
    other food. They actually are better for the environment as well.

  22. Dang, this is about the third video of yours I’ve seen that has used well
    reasoned arguments, arguments I myself have used on different topics, to
    either make me reconsider or completely change my mind on my stances on
    particular issues, which is not usually an easy feat to to accomplish
    because I pride myself in thinking through and understanding why it is I
    believe what I believe. Looks like you’ve shown me my logical inconsistency
    in this matter(as well as on the death penalty), well played.

  23. but we don’t live in a free market or an anarchy i think gmo labeling
    should be the LAST thing to go.

  24. This is propaganda to push adulterated food on society, to destroy public
    health and reduce fertility and population. People have a right to know
    what they are buying, and how specific ingredients are produced, so they
    can make informed choices and preserve their health. HEALTH EQUALS
    LONGEVITY.

  25. Cmon libertarians. we have the upper hand on this gmo issue. We are the one
    political group that has the majority of supporting biotechnology. Even the
    left wingers got this wrong. Lets eradicate the pseudoscience and make our
    political ideology have a unanimous pro-gmo platform. Many biotech
    scientists are leftists but if they see that the majority of their
    supporters are libertarian they’ll see through the leftist bullshit.

  26. I believe in liberty as well. but we all have our own unique viue of the
    exact role of government and how limited it should be. I dont think the
    free market will fix everything. As much as i appreciate your point of viue
    there are some things that are unsettling to me because im vegan. like the
    pink slime. gmos are bad. I dont want to hate but i wish you did a little
    research on behalf of pink slime and gmo before using it as examples. but
    it is something i strongly opposed and it just might put my faith in the
    free market’s to the test. well there are free markets wich can be lead by
    bad example and good example. a good example of a free marker making
    correction would be traitor Joe’s. i still do all my shoping at Wal-Mart
    cause its most convent for me. and a bad example would be. BP. Arron
    Hawkings is right.We cant always except inferior or immortal products to be
    weeded out due to the free market. i just have not seen it enough in the
    real world from my prospective. anyway this is the free-market of idea’s
    and any feedback would be appreciated. i would also like to say i like your
    channel and i urge you to do some reashearch into pink slime and gmos and
    of course go veagan!!! thanks -Darin

  27. another argument is that when the government handles labeling for consumer
    protection it sets standards and defines terms in ways that benefit
    corporate interests, not consumers.

  28. Way to think out of the box. I appreciate your open minded view on this. I
    too wanted to jump on the GMO labeling bandwagon but all too often people
    polarize these arguments as if it is black and white when there is always
    more to the story. It is a perfectly valid point to question the FDA’s
    legitimacy in labeling GMO products. How do we know Monsanto won’t pay them
    off or simply circumvent the law anyways? Last I checked I’m pretty sure
    the US government is -$18 trillion dollars in debt, can we even afford to
    regulate this? No, we can’t regulate anymore, we actually need to start
    reducing spending at all levels of the Federal government not increase it.

  29. I used to be supportive of GMO food labeling. I just figured they should be
    labeled so consumers could have the choice whether or not they buy them.
    However, it didn’t occur to be for some reason that this means government
    mandating the labeling. That is wrong. Government should have no role in
    the economy at all.

  30. JULIE IS A HACK SHILL .
    THE REASON WHY LIBERTARIANS ARE CORPORATION WHORES WHO COULD CARE LESS FOR
    HUMANITY IS EXPRESSED IN THIS VIDEO . THE REASON WHY RAND PAUL TOTALLY
    SUCKS IS BECAUSE HE TOO IS A CORPORATION WHORE .

    PEOPLE CARE ABOUT WHAT THEY EAT AND WHERE THEIR FOOD AND MEDS ARE COMING
    FROM . LABELING IS HONEST .

    TAKE ASPIRIN AND VITAMINS AS AN EXAMPLE . THEY DON’T LABEL THE COUNTRY OF
    MFG . DO YOU WANT CHINA MAKING YOUR VITAMINS OR ASPIRIN ? THE CHINESE ARE
    GROWING TIRED OF AMERICA . WHAT BETTER WAY TO MAKE SICK AN ENTIRE COUNTRY
    THEN BY TOXIFYING THEIR EDIBLE PRODUCTS .

    AND GMO’S ARE THE WORLD’S TOXIC POISON . A PLAGUE IN OUR FOOD . THESE
    PRODUCTS ARE NOT CAREFULLY TESTED AND ARE TO MAKE CORPORATIONS RICHER AT
    THE EXPENSE OF YOUR HEALTH .

    THIS IS WHY LIBERTARIANS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN A BUNCH OF FAKE FREEDOM
    LIARS . LIBERTARIANS ARE CORPORATE WHORES .

    I AM NOT SURE WHAT MAKES ME SICKER . A HACK LIBERTARIAN OR GMO POISONS .

  31. JULIE YOU ARE A CORPORATION WHORE … JUST LIKE RAND PAUL . THAT’S WHY
    RAND’S POLL NUMBERS ARE AROUND 1%