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California’s Labeling Law for Genetically Modified Foods Voted Down

prop 37Voters in California yesterday defeated Proposition 37, a proposed law that would have required food packagers to label all products made from genetically modified animals or plants.

This law, had it passed, would have put California at direct odds with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which does not demand GMO labeling.

Such labeling is required by every member country of the European Union, as well as many other nations.

Supporters of the proposition argued that the long-term health implications of ingesting GMO products have not been fully investigated and that GMO crops are increasingly resistant to herbicides. Opponents claim the new labeling would cost the average household more than $400 a year in additional grocery costs. More than 70% of all processed foods sold in the United States now contain genetically engineered ingredients, typically corn or soybeans.

Opponents heavily outspent supporters by a margin of more than 8:1. Among the companies that gave millions to defeat Prop 37 were Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Agrosciences, Kraft Foods and Atlanta-based Coca-Cola.

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

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Woofy One

November 7th, 2012
5:39 pm

Not even California cares

Edward

November 7th, 2012
7:07 pm

Only massive amounts of corporate money from Monsanto, DuPont and others could convince people of the lies the corporate lawyers spread. If Romney had used Monsanto’s team, maybe more people would have believed his b***s***. Does nobody else see or care how corporations are becoming the enemy of a free people?

K

November 8th, 2012
9:09 am

I’ve already seen a few products labelled “no GMO”, so that could be an easy way around a broken legal system. Just label good products as good and assume everything else contains GMO.

PTC DAWG

November 8th, 2012
10:29 am

We have TOO many laws as it is.

Babeouf

November 8th, 2012
4:01 pm

An Oligarch is defeated by a Wall Street front. Well that’s democracy in the USA. A cash only exercise. What in my food? Don’t tell me I don’t want to know. So it ’s not only in God you trust but in people whose bottom line is to get you to eat it big time whatever the long term consequences to you. What in God’s world make you expect them to be any different to the people who promoted cigarettes? When in the next four years China’s GDP overtakes the USA’s in the next four years these quaint ‘peculiarities’ will begin to repainted in quite different colours in the rest of the world.

Grasshopper

November 8th, 2012
4:48 pm

So what happens when society starts genetically modifying babies pre-birth? Intra-womb tattoos perhaps?

Edward

November 11th, 2012
9:54 am

Eva, could you please make an attempt to stay on topic? I’d like to know if my tomato has shellfish DNA, for instance. Why shouldn’t that be made known? Why is it worth $50 million to Monsanto to keep me from knowing that?