Battle over Genetically Modified Foods Goes to Voters
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A measure that would require the labeling of genetically modified food has qualified for California's November ballot, based on the rights of consumers to know what they're eating. Some opponents call it a crusade against science that could deprive the world's poor of the right to enough food. Also, millions of expatriates living in the United States are eligible to vote in Mexico's presidential election next month. Public service announcements claim the process is simple. So why don't more ex-pats plan to cast their ballots? On our rebroadcast of Today's To the point, is Egyptian democracy being killed in its cradle?
Banner image: A famer displays a handful of GMO (genetically modified organism) soybeans. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
California Voters and the Food Supply ()
In an era of political polarization, Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: about 90 percent in both parties tell pollsters they want to know if they're eating genetically modified food. Now it appears that a measure called "The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act" has qualified for the November ballot and, if it passes, the consequences could be worldwide.
Looking at the Mexican Election from LA ()
For the second time in Mexican history, expatriates can vote in a presidential election. A government public service announcement explains how simple the process could be for an estimated six to 12 million eligible Mexican voters living here in the United States. Problem is, it's not all that simple after all. That's according to KCRW's Saul Gonzalez, who spoke with Francisco Guerrero Aguirre and Rafael Moreno.
Egypt: Is the Runoff Election On or Off? ()
This weekend's presidential runoff election in Egypt already presented a polarizing choice between the remnants of ousted President Hosni Mubarak's military regime and the Muslim Brotherhood. Today, a court packed with Mubarak sympathizers dissolved the parliament elected after his overthrow and the military government has declared martial law. Will what's been hailed as a peaceful revolution be replaced by democracy or a return to the past?
- David Kirkpatrick: New York Times, @kirkpatricknyt
- Omar Reda: Egyptian investment banker
- Mona Eltahawy: syndicated columnist, @monaeltahawy
- Thanassis Cambanis: Century Foundation, @tcambanis
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