Right to Know Feeding Frenzy

By MetroFarm

Food Chain Radio Show #795 this Saturday at 9am Pacific (or catch the archive). Michael Olson talks to a DC lawyer who argues that GMO food should not be labeled. Call in and give him a piece of your mind…

They are spending over $40 million to convince Californians to deny themselves the right to know about genetically-modified organisms in their food. Who are they? Monsanto, Dupont, DOW, Bayer, Syngenta, Pepsi, Coke, Nestle, Conagra, General Mills, Del Monte, Kellog, Hershey, and JM Smucker, to name but a few.

Why do they want Californians to deny themselves the right to know about GMOs?

We recently received a press release from the San Francisco law firm of Morrison & Foerster, which included the following claim from partner Michele Corash:

Under Prop 37, anyone can sue a food company disputing its labels, even if plaintiffs didn’t suffer damage from the food, or even if plaintiffs didn’t rely on a product label in deciding to purchase the food.”

Sensing a legal feeding frenzy over food in Ms Corash’s claim, we immediately requested a Food Chain appearance by a Morrison & Foerster attorney. However, after a couple of weeks of best efforts, they turned us down with a “Way too busy!

Fair enough. We kept asking, and found that attorney Joseph E. Sandler of the Washington DC firm of Sandler, Reiff, Young & Lamb, would be willing to help us answer the following questions regarding the legalities of the California Right to Know initiative:

Would some foods be legally exempt from labeling? If so, why?

How much would a legal label add to the cost of food?


Will everyone be able to sue food companies over the labeling of their food?