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60 Ag groups fight California Prop. 37

September 24, 2012

By Cindy
Corn Commentary
National Association of Wheat Growers

A growing number of organizations are coming out against a ballot initiative in California that would require labeling of many products containing genetically-engineered (GE) food.

While those in favor of Proposition 37 include trial lawyers,  those urging Californians to vote No on Prop 37 include nearly 60 agricultural organizations. San Joaquin valley diversified farmer Greg Palla says the initiative would effectively ban the sale of tens of thousands of common grocery products only in California, unless they are relabeled or made with more costly ingredients. “We feel that it’s a very deceptive initiative,” he said, noting that it has a “whole host of exemptions that fly in the face of common sense.”

An example of exemptions that make no sense – cow’s milk is exempt but soy milk requires a label. Dairy products, eggs, meat and poultry are all exempt. Fruit juice requires a label, but alcohol made with some of the same GE ingredients is exempt. Food sold in a grocery store requires a label, but the same food sold in a restaurant is exempt.

Palla says Proposition 37 would have a definite impact outside the state of California, since it would apply to retail products made in other locations. “The impact would be swift and clear,” he said, noting that other states might follow California’s example.

Besides state and national agricultural groups, Prop 37 is being opposed by a broad coalition of community and business organizations, as well as groups representing scientists, doctors, and taxpayers. Find out more at

Listen to my interview with Greg Palla here:

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Dave Abe September 29, 2012

This measure is not about special interest groups or trial lawyers, it’s about a consumer’s right to know what they are eating…plain and simple! The special interest groups are corporations like Monsanto, DuPont, and Pepsi who are throwing millions into the No on 37 campaign.

Polls have indicated that people overwhelmingly want to know what’s in their food and support labeling:

To me, that’s enough to vote Yes on 37 but if you want to go further, a recent animal study has linked Monsanto GMO corn with cancer in rats. While the experiment needs to be replicated, I don’t want to be the next test subject. Do you?

Also a 2009 study linked GMO corn with organ failure in rats:

The United States is one of the few industrialized nations that do not require GMO food labeling:

Yes on 37!! We have the right to know what’s in our food!! 🙂

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