We already eat (and have been eating for decades) genetically engineered crops as well as the products made from them. We just don’t know when we are. About 70 to 80 percent of processed foods sold in the United States are made with genetically engineered ingredients such as corn, soybeans, sugar beets and cottonseed oil. The seeds for these crops have been genetically altered in the lab to make them more resistant to pests and invasive weeds.
Prop 37 sought to change that. The measure called for genetically engineered foods to include labels on either the front or back of the product. It would have prevented misleading use of the word “natural” on genetically engineered foods. Proponents of Prop. 37 said research shows the risks of eating genetically engineered foods range from allergies to organ damage.
Who Was Against It?
Opponents, raising more than $45 million, had the backing of large agribusiness and chemical companies. Among those opposing Prop 37 are major farming associations, food and beverage companies, a litany of chambers of commerce and other business groups, and biotech organizations. The humorous thing is that some of these companies sell products that claim to be ‘natural’ and organic.
The list of big money donors to the anti-37 camp includes:
- Council for Biotechnology Information
- Grocery Manufacturers Association
- Kraft Foods
- Kellogg Company
- and many more…
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