Prop 37 was pushed by the classic fear of science and new technology that has turned up again and again over the decades, mixed with the Appeal to Nature Fallacy, the idea that anything not man-made is bad, and anything natural is good.
Surprisingly, Rall doesn’t go as far as other anti-GMO advocates can go; there’s no human eyes on the produce, no implication that people who eat GMO food will grow tentacles or antennae. Because wild-eyed fearmongering is one of the most basic tools of many special interest advocates, and anti-GMOers are no different. You think the term ‘Frankenfoods’ is meant to be subtle or convey any articulate arguments? It’s intended to make people afraid of what they know little to nothing about.
Rall also doesn’t go as far as he could with the ‘Evil big corporations poured money into defeating Prop 37’ (there’s no mention of Monsanto, which is slowly becoming seen as one of the Great Satans of corporate America), maybe because he’s aware the organic food industry is hardly the poor, oppressed alternative-to-the-mainstream people may think it is.
Are GMOs harmful to humans? I’m open to whatever solid evidence there is (this does not include conjecture), but as long as those against it are pushing blatant fearmongering and logical fallacies I refuse to take them seriously.
And yes, I’m aware of the legal issues involving copyrights on DNA and other issues, but that’s not what this cartoon is about so I didn’t go into that. It’s a different matter, even if it falls under the same umbrella.