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Two Sides Prepare For Vote On Genetically Modified Labeling In Calif.

Posted by on Aug. 30, 2012 at 9:54 PM
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California farmer Erik Freese pulls down a healthy ear of corn that has been genetically engineered to produce its own pesticide. He says genetic engineering has helped him to farm more sustainably.
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California farmer Erik Freese pulls down a healthy ear of corn that has been genetically engineered to produce its own pesticide. He says genetic engineering has helped him to farm more sustainably.

This November, voters in California will decide whether the state should require labels on foods with genetically engineered ingredients. If the initiative, known as Proposition 37, passes, manufacturers would have to say somewhere on the front or the back of the food's packaging if the product contains or may contain genetically engineered ingredients.

In the U.S. the vast majority of corn, soybeans, canola and sugar beets are genetically engineered. Those ingredients are in everything from salad dressing to ice cream.

As The Salt reported in May, over hundreds of thousands of Californians signed a petition to get the labeling initiative on the ballot.

 

So far supporters of the labeling measure have raised $3.4 million. The amount is dwarfed by the nearly $25 million raised by opponents. That includes Monsanto, Campbell's and General Mills, which declined to comment for this story.

Despite the cash disadvantage, recent surveys have the "Label It" camp polling well ahead of the opposition. Still, they're bracing for a possible onslaught of anti-labeling ads between now and Election Day.

For more, listen to the story on All Things Considered.

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PrincessinAZ76
by Member on Aug. 31, 2012 at 11:18 AM
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I'm not from California, but I believe this vote will set a precedent for how the rest of the states handle this issue.

One major point that people seem to miss is that this is NOT a vote to stop producing genetically modified foods. It's a vote just to require labelling of any genetically modified foods. I think if this passes, people will be surprised at how much of our diet is comprised of GM foods. If it's such a great thing, why not label it? And why are other countries banning them? You have to ignore all the propoganda, do your own research into the problems with other countries because of GMOs, and use common sense here!

IMO, considering there is such little research on the long-term effects of mixing DNA from one speices (ie: fish) with plants, or plants that "produce their own pesticides", which has never been done in nature, I think people should have the right to choose to be or not to be the guinea pigs. People can't make that choice if they don't know what foods really have genetically modified ingredients.
NWP
by assistant gardener on Aug. 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I agree. I hope this passes and that we have a more public and meaningful discourse. It is so surprising how few people know anything at all about GMO's and what Kraft and Monsanto are doing.

Quoting PrincessinAZ76:

I'm not from California, but I believe this vote will set a precedent for how the rest of the states handle this issue.

One major point that people seem to miss is that this is NOT a vote to stop producing genetically modified foods. It's a vote just to require labelling of any genetically modified foods. I think if this passes, people will be surprised at how much of our diet is comprised of GM foods. If it's such a great thing, why not label it? And why are other countries banning them? You have to ignore all the propoganda, do your own research into the problems with other countries because of GMOs, and use common sense here!

IMO, considering there is such little research on the long-term effects of mixing DNA from one speices (ie: fish) with plants, or plants that "produce their own pesticides", which has never been done in nature, I think people should have the right to choose to be or not to be the guinea pigs. People can't make that choice if they don't know what foods really have genetically modified ingredients.


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Sisteract
by New Member on Sep. 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM
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I am in CA.

I will be voting to require this labeling.

michiganmom116
by Garden Owner on Sep. 3, 2012 at 6:26 AM

There are over 50 other major countries that require GMO labeling.  I shake my head at the fact that the USA is so blase', so behind the times in this issue.

mom2the.rescue
by Member on Feb. 22, 2013 at 1:37 PM

This is exciting!  I can't believe anyone would be against labeling GMO products as such.  It drives me insane that we are so far behind other countries on this topic.

NWP
by assistant gardener on Feb. 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Unfortunately, this was passed in the election...Monsanto pushed a huge amount of money in the media to defeat this bill in the last weeks of the election and came out the victor.

Ugh.

Quoting mom2the.rescue:

This is exciting!  I can't believe anyone would be against labeling GMO products as such.  It drives me insane that we are so far behind other countries on this topic.


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