No on Prop. 37: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - LA Times Columnist Michael Hiltzik
says of Yes on 37: "Manifestly shoddy research is being used to promote
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 15, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Los Angeles Times business
columnist Michael Hiltzik issued a blistering critique of the Yes on 37
campaign Sunday saying it is guilty of "the deployment of weapons-grade junk
science." Hiltzik criticized Yes on 37 for its sensational promotion of a now
thoroughly discredited French study of rats and GE foods. In the case of the
Yes on 37 campaign, he says, "where science is at the heart of the campaign,
as it is for Proposition 37, the promotion of manifestly shoddy research is
Below are just a few of the column's many stinging critiques of the Yes on 37
oOf course, ignorance and anti-intellectualism are not new phenomena in our
oBut where science is at the heart of a campaign, as it is for Proposition
37, the promotion of manifestly shoddy research is especially shameful.
oThe research in question is a paper published a few weeks ago by a team
led by French biologist Gilles-Eric Seralini. … The Seralini paper
attracted almost instantaneous derision from the research establishment,
on multiple counts. …The critics of Seralini's paper suggest that it was
designed to frighten, not inform.
oStill, it's the political exploitation of a manifestly imperfect study
oThe use of poor information to promote an initiative aimed at creating an
informed consumer is a defining flaw of the Proposition 37 campaign.
oThat flaw is compounded by the failure of the initiative itself to achieve
its own ends, rife as it is with ambiguities and exemptions…
About Prop. 37
Proposition 37 would ban the sale of tens of thousands of perfectly-safe,
common grocery products only in California unless they are specially
repackaged, relabeled or remade with higher cost ingredients. Prop 37 is a
deceptive, deeply flawed food labeling scheme that would add more government
bureaucracy and taxpayer costs, create new frivolous lawsuits, and increase
food costs by billions — without providing any health or safety benefits.
That's why Prop 37 is opposed by a broad coalition of family farmers,
scientists, doctors, business, labor, taxpayers and consumers.
Paid for by No on 37: Coalition Against the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme,
sponsored by Farmers, Food Producers, and Grocers. Major funding by Monsanto
Company, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)
and more than 40 food company members. For a full list of donors visit
www.NoProp37.com/donors.- 1-800-331-0850- www.NoProp37.com
SOURCE No on Prop. 37
Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 1-800-331-0850, firstname.lastname@example.org
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.