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October 22, 2012

Should California Settle for Prop 37? ~ GMO Labeling?

I am all for healthy eating, knowing what is in my food and what I'm buying, where it comes from, and having a choice in what I feed my children.  So with California paving the way, as it does so often for the rest of the country, when a badly drafted initiative such as Prop 37 is on the ballot, I feel the need to voice my two cents.

As Californian's, we should not settle for the way Prop 37 is written.  

This prop has good intentions but is very poorly written.  Why does this prop contain so many exemptions?  For instance, Prop 37 exempts milk, cheese and meat from its labeling requirements although cows, pigs and chicken are fed GE grains. 

Proposition 37 would require mandatory labeling of Genetically Engineered foods and
if Prop 37 passes, foods that will be required to be labeled as "Genetically Engineered", even if they have no level of a GE ingredient, include:

Labeled                                                     Exempt from Labeling
fruit juice....................................................but beer, wine and liquor=Exempt
canned soup from a grocery store...............but the same soup bought as 'to go' or at a restaurant=Exempt
Soy milk.....................................................but cow's milk and dairy products, eggs, poultry=Exempt
snack food from the store............................but same snack food sold at a snack bar=Exempt
cookies and candy made in USA.................but fortune cookies and candy from China=Exempt

And here's a Biggy....
Dog food with meat must be labeled.............but meat for human consumption = Exempt!

Another Biggy....
All organic food is Exempt, even though they may still include GE ingredients that would render them subject to labeling if they had not been organically grown.




































This initiative also establishes a system that allows anyone to file a lawsuit about bad labeling, without having to prove any damages.  Legal fees alone to defend themselves when they have done nothing wrong could drive small farmers out of business.  The labeling requirements in this initiative would only apply to California, further destroying the competitiveness of California growers.  This doesn't seem fair and balanced to me.

For much more information on Prop 37, here are a few helpful, non-partisan links.............
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