I’m afraid I have no idea. Partly because I have no idea what country you’re from, and therefore what stickers are used in that country. I guess Google is your friend for this one? :)
Personally it wouldn’t bother me if GM foods were labelled, but I don’t think there is a big enough difference between GM and non-GM foods to make it worthwhile. It’s kind of like labelling whether a plant was grown in a field or in a greenhouse. However, in theory I would have no objection to labelling being enforced, I mean consumers have the right to make their own decisions over what they want to eat, right? Even if in my opinion choosing to avoid GM crops is as pointless as choosing to avoid stuff grown in greenhouses.
Now the companies that sell GM foods in supermarkets only care about making money, and they are correct when they say labelling will scare customers away, so their opposition makes sense. But the fact that customers are reluctant to buy GM foods does not mean there’s anything wrong with the food, it simply means much of the public is misinformed on the topic of GM. Similarly, just because companies don’t want to label their products it doesn’t mean they’re trying to hide anything, they just want to make more money. As far as they’re concerned they’ve produced really great products, with high yields, and it’s all FDA approved, and they want to make money off it. And stats show that they make more money when it’s unlabelled, it’s no more devious than that.
This is where I get a little unsure of myself. As I stated earlier labelling is fine in concept, and people have a right to know. However, my concern is that if products were labelled, then less people would buy them, so there would be less commercial interest in GM, so less money would be invested in future GM research. And basically that would suck for pretty much everyone. GM technology has saved countless lives, and it seems like it will be a vital technology for the future of the human race.
That said, if there was better education on the topic, and consumers actually knew what GM was, then labelling would not be an issue, and would not hurt sales enough to make a significant difference. Everyone wins. Maybe if companies like Monsanto spent a little money on educating the public, instead of desperately trying to influence legislation and generally being dicks to everyone, then we wouldn’t have this problem.
TLDR: I think labelling is good because if people wanna know then they should be able to, but also labelling is bad because everything comes down to money and capitalism sucks. Also, if scientific knowledge and literacy was better we wouldn’t have this problem.
Yes. I’m a huge huge proponent of GM foods! I think they are a really important part of future food security, they have already saved countless lives, and is generally just really cool science. It’s something I’ve studied a fair bit at University, so every time someone talks about Frankenfoods, or putting fish genes into corn, I die a little inside. There is a shocking amount of misinformation and poor understanding surrounding the issue. That said I feel I should say I do not like Monsanto at all.
If you want me to expand on anything then ask away :)
What’s your opinion on gm foods, anon?
Marriage equality will, in time, fundamentally destroy “traditional marriage,” and I, for one, will dance on its grave.
It’s not a terribly difficult conclusion to draw.
As same-sex couples marry, they will be forced to re-imagine many tenets of your “traditional marriage.” In doing so, they will face a series of complicated questions:
Should one of us change our last name? And if so, who?
Should we have kids? Do we want to have kids? How do we want to have kids? Whose last name do our kids take?
How about housework, work-work, childcare? How do we assign these roles equitably? How do we cultivate a partnership that honors each of our professional and personal ambitions?
As questions continually arise, heterosexual couples will take notice — and be forced to address how much “traditional marriage” is built on gender roles and perpetuates a nauseating inequality that has no place in 2014.
The main problem I have with Men’s Rights Activists is that their name really doesn’t do them justice. They’re Straight Cis White Men’s Rights Activists. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign for the inclusion of trans* men in their spaces.
I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign to end the social stigma around black fatherhood. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign for better pay and equal career mobility for men of colour. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists actively campaign for more gay men’s rights. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists advise others in their group on how using f*ggot to emasculate men who aren’t part of their cause is alienating and marginalising other MEN.
I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign, raise awareness of, or support victims of male rape unless it’s in order to derail a discussion around female victims of rape. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign, raise awareness of, or support male victims of domestic abuse unless it’s in order to derail a discussion around female victims of domestic abuse. Men’s Rights Activists are hypocrites and frauds.
They’re bitter privileged white men who don’t want to campaign for the rights of men — they want to campaign to keep their privilege unchecked and their ability to discriminate against others. If you want to be a real Men’s Rights Activist — be a fucking (intersectional) Feminist. Peace out.
(I’m sorry thank you so much for the message I really appreciate it! I just also love how unattractive I’m able to make my face look.)
Actually this reminds me that my icon pic on here is nearly two years old. I think I should probably update it.
Expect a new icon shortly.