Look, California. I love ya, but sometimes you annoy me. While I am overall pleased with the outcome of yesterday's elections, there is one glaring disappointment. Prop 37 would have required labeling of foods that may have genetically modified organisms (GMOs). And it didn't pass.
Why? Because Big Food, most notably Monsanto, outspent the pro-37 forces more than fivefold, running ads with "doctors" expressing concern about misleading health information and claiming GMO labeling would increase grocery bills by $400 per year per household.
Neither is exactly true. The labeling would not have made any judgment about GMO foods; it would merely have afforded transparency about their presence. And the $400 claim is predicated on food producers having to replace their stocks as opposed to merely relabeling it.
I am not a scientist. I do not know whether GMOs are intrinsically unhealthful. But I'd like to be able to make my own decisions based on the greatest amount of information possible.
Many food companies supported Prop 37, and I support them. Here's a handy chart to know which food businesses were in favor of transparency. Click here to download a larger PDF for printing.