I have posed the question about mandatory labeling as well. So, we add "contains gmos" That might turn into a whole lotta "so what?" from people.
Also, my concern is that if labeling laws pass, Monsanto will then take to every airwave with commercials and propaganda about how wonderful gmos are - the backlash against labeling by Monsanto could create disastrous results.
aside from that, if we're going to talk labeling, why not have an insert in the package with a list of the pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, etc... and an explanation of each ingredient is and where it comes from? (independent explanation, not one from the company using the ingredient). Bet some ingredients would disappear right quick.
We can say people might still ignore but I have some hope that if people REALLY knew about the butane in their chicken nuggets and the host of other ingredients, some really would make different choices. I used to take my daughter to McDonalds (on occasion). I "knew" it was bad, but I really had no IDEA of how bad--because the focus of discussion about their food is usually on fat/calories, not actual ingredients. Knowing now, I'm horrified to have ever step in there.
And while I agree that people should research, there is an awful lot to research. I wish people researched the effects of media on kids, I wish people researched and learned more effective ways to communicate with each other, I wish people studied psychology to better understand themselves, I wish people studied their news outlets, I wish people studied the foreign policy of their government, I wish people studied alternative medicine.. this knowledge could change their views, their choices, their futures.... it may be a lot to ask people to go out and research every aspect of their lives.... people assume if something is so available and the govt allows it, it's not THAT bad. You can say shame on them... but shame on the schools, shame on the media, shame on the corps peddling this stuff. All of whom could take some responsibility here.
edit to say, I understand it is still our ignorance and I understand how scary the reality is that people trust the govt.- my point is, it would be nice if schools an media (and govt) participated in ending the ignorance rather than perpetuating it