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Prop 37 to Label or Not to Label

By avelyne | In Health & Lifestyle, Rest Day | on September 23, 2012

Election time is upon us and I just wanted to bring your attention to Proposition 37 which will be on the ballot this November.  Now I know this is a bit heavier reading than our usual Rest Day Recipes but it’s well worth a read.  It’s a chance to make your voice, as consumers, heard. 

If Proposition 37 is approved by voters, it will:

  • Require labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if the food is made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.
  • Prohibit labeling or advertising such food as “natural.”
  • Exempt from this requirement foods that are “certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.”

Some of the arguments in favor of Prop 37 include:

  • Labels will make consumers aware of which foods contain genetically modified material
  • prevents misleading use of the word “natural” on genetically engineered foods

Top Donor Supporters: Mercola Health Resources, Organic Consumers Fund, Nature’s Path Foods

Some arguments against Prop 37 include:

  • increased taxpayer costs to monitor the new labeling required
  • increased lawsuits to sue family farms and grocers who are not adhering to the new labeling laws
  • increased costs for the new labeling requirements which would be passed on to the consumer

Top Donor Opponents: Monsanto, DuPont, DOW Agrisciences, Bayer Cropscience, BASF Plant Science

Keep in mind that I’ve only given you a tidbit of information.  As always, we encourage you to be an informed consumer.  Do your own research and make a well educated decision.  However, as you do your research make sure to look at the small print at the bottom of the pages to see if the information is politically backed.  There were more than a few articles that I found to be a bit suspect. 

Listed below are links with more background information in support of and against Prop 37.

For Prop 37  http://www.carighttoknow.org/

Against Prop 37  http://www.noprop37.com/

REST DAY 09.23.2012


 “Prop 37 Cheat Sheet: Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods.” KCET. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Sep 2012. <http://www.kcet.org/news/ballotbrief/elections2012/propositions/prop-37-genetically-modified-foods-labeling.html>.

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