Prop. 37:Genetically Engineered Foods

Requires labeling of food products made from genetically modified organisms.
Outcome: Failed

Summary

Requires labeling of food sold to consumers made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits marketing such food, or other processed food, as “natural.” Provides exemptions.

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what your vote means

Yes

A YES vote on this measure means: Genetically engineered foods sold in California would have to be specifically labeled as being genetically engineered.

No

A NO vote on this measure means: Genetically engineered foods sold in California would continue not to have specific labeling requirements.

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financial effect

Yes

Potential increase in state administrative costs of up to one million dollars annually to monitor compliance with the disclosure requirements specified in the measure. Unknown, but potentially significant, costs for the courts, the Attorney General, and district attorneys due to litigation resulting from possible violations to the provisions of this measure.

No

No change from status quo.

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campaign arguments

Yes

Proposition 37 gives us the right to know what is in the food we eat and feed to our families. It simply requires labeling of food produced using genetic engineering, so we can choose whether to buy those products or not. We have a right to know.

No

Prop. 37 is a deceptive, deeply flawed food labeling scheme, full of special-interest exemptions and loopholes.
Prop. 37 would: create new government bureaucracy costing taxpayers millions, authorize expensive shakedown lawsuits against farmers and small businesses, and increase family grocery bills by hundreds of dollars per year.
www.NoProp37.com

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campaign information

Yes

Gary Ruskin

California Right to Know

5940 College Avenue

Oakland, CA 94618

(213) 784-5656

GaryR@CARightToKnow.org

www.CARightToKnow.org

No

NO Prop. 37, Stop the Deceptive 

Food Labeling Scheme 

(800) 331-0850

info@NoProp37.com

www.NoProp37.com

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Additional information

Prop. 37 Full textClick here to view.
Measure TypeInitiated state statute
Date Qualified06/11/2012
ProponentJames Wheaton
Signatures by CountyClick here to view.
Signatures Required504,760

Funding

Yes

RankContributor nameTotal
1MERCOLA.COM HEALTH RESOURCES LLC$1,199,000
2KENT WHEALY$1,000,000
3NATURE'S PATH FOODS U.S.A. INC. FINE NATURAL FOOD PRODUCTS$660,709
4DR. BRONNER'S MAGIC SOAPS ALL-ONE-GOD-FAITH INC.$620,883
5ORGANIC CONSUMERS FUND$605,667
13.1%
10.9%
7.2%
6.8%
6.6%
$9.2 million raised in total

No

17.6%
11.7%
5.4%
4.4%
4.4%
$46.0 million raised in total
RankContributor nameTotal
1MONSANTO COMPANY$8,112,867
2E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO.$5,400,000
3PEPSICO, INC.$2,485,400
4GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION$2,002,000
5KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL, INC.$2,000,500

Endorsements

Editorials

Yes

No

Campaign Advertisements

Yes

No

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