Genetically modified foods labeling initiative fails to pass in California
November 8th, 2012
11:30 AM ET
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At every election, California's ballot is filled with initiatives, but none received more attention this year than Proposition 37.

After the polls closed, Prop 37 - also known as the "Right To Know" initiative to require labeling of foods that have been genetically modified - failed to pass. If approved, California would have been the first state to require such labeling for foods sold in the state, and would have prohibited products containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled or marketed as "natural."

Although the issue was ostensibly about food, the debate over Prop 37 quickly became political in recent months, with grassroots-based food purists supporting the measure and a well-funded agriculture and industry opposition campaigning against its passage. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, Prop. 37 opponents, largely from industry and agriculture, raised over $45 million while the Vote Yes campaign, which was largely backed by consumer groups and the organic industry, raised about $6.7 million.

Read - California fails to pass genetically modified foods labeling initiative

Previously - Clarified: How is genetically modified food labeled? and What does "organic" mean?

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  1. jenniferlduque

    I am a California resident who voted Yes on Prop 37. I was surprised and disappointed that it failed and by such a large margin. Having spoken to several friends since the election, unfortunately many voted No, but seemed mis- and/or underinformed about the issues at hand. While not perfect, prop 37 was a step in the right direction. I hope the issue gets another chance soon.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  2. tinkertoy

    I'm just checking to be sure its an IP that is being screened. Delete this.

    November 10, 2012 at 2:16 am |
  3. The people have spoken

    The documentary "genetic roulette" is so worth the watch and gives detailed information on the damages of GMO to the human organism. Or check out the orange sized tumors that pop up in mice in the lab after only 90 days of eating this poison.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  4. LOL

    CNN is doing great at protecting the GMO companies, removing pages, moderating comments and then turning it into poll. Pathetic

    November 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Voting Patrol

      Can't biotch unless you vote.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
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