Prop 37: What You Need to Know About the Food Labeling Bill

When you head to the polls on November 6, there may be an item on your ballot that you haven’t heard of before. Californian voters will have the option to vote on Proposition 37, a bill that would require foods with genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) to be labeled for consumers. A GMO is a food that has had specific changes to its DNA by genetic engineering techniques. The purpose of these genetic alterations is to make crops more resistant to rain, drought and pests.

Supporters of the bill say that GMO’s have been linked to allergies, organ toxicity and other health problems. Fifty countries in the world, including all of Europe, Japan, India and China, already require labels on GMO’s. Over 400 nationally renowned chefs have signed a petition in support of the bill saying that consumers should have a right to know if their food has been genetically engineered.

Based on those facts, passing Prop 37 may seem like an easy decision. However, its opponents firmly believe otherwise. According to No Prop 37, GMO’s are products of biotechnology— a safe anti-pesticide process that has been going on for nearly two decades. Opponents believe that by banning the sale of millions of common grocery products unless they are repackaged or made with higher cost ingredients would increase government bureaucracy and taxpayer costs.

To research both sides further, visit CA Right to Know and  No Prop 37.

Do you think GMO foods should be labeled? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. by Susan Elaine

    On October 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Grace
    Did you know that companies like Gerbers for example will ship baby formula to Europe without GMO because it had been labeled there for over 10 years and consumers don’t want to be guinea pigs, but they will ship American mothers baby formula with GMO.
    That’s why we want it labeled so people have a choice. The opposition is spending 40 million dollars to keep you in the dark, so you are their lab rat in this experiment.
    Why wouldn’t you want to know? Google GMO Europe and read the stories how France is suing Monsanto for false claims & false advertising. Americans need to know what they are eating and a few words on a label giving us Information is smart, not costly. This is an exact replay of the tobacco industry telling you cigarettes are safe. Don’t be fooled by lies. Vote YES on Prop 37 in California!

  2. by Carolyn

    On October 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Vote NO on Prop 37 – GMOs are proven to be safe. There is hysteria on this issue in other countries and the US is much better informed on this issue than other countries. Anti GMO campaigning is also big business (from the LARGE, extremely profitable organic industry and “nonprofit” agencies such as Greenpeace, which have their own agendas). Don’t be fooled into thinking that these are not major shareholders in the negative campaigning against GMOs. 70-80 percent of our corn and soybeans are genetically modified and are found on most of our grocery shelves already. Labeling these items would be redundant and not instructive. Use common sense.

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