California Vote Rejects Labeling of GMO Foods

A California ballot measure that would require the labeling of genetically engineered foods was voted down Tuesday.

GMO Labeling Voted Down

Proposition 37 was rejected 54 percent to 46 percent, according to an Associated Press report. If passed, the measure would have required processed foods to display a tag stating, “partially produced with genetic engineering.” These foods would also be prohibited from being promoted as “naturally made.”

Proposition 37 would not have applied to “organic products, restaurant meals and alcoholic beverages.” Meat and dairy products raised on genetically modified grains would also have been exempt from the proposed labeling.

Of more than 12 states proposing similar measures this election season, California was the only state to bring the matter to a vote. According to the AP report, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing a citizen’s petition to add similar labels to processed foods nationwide.

Internationally, 50 countries—including Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand—require the labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients.

Supporters of Prop 37 insist that merely getting the measure to vote was a huge step, and that the measure is about informing consumers—not shooting down big agriculture.

“This isn’t a matter of being for or against [genetically engineered] foods,” said California Senator Barbara Boxer. “It’s a basic stance that consumers should be the ones to decide what they eat and feed their families.”

The federal government has allowed the sale of genetically modified foods because they have not been scientifically deemed different in taste, texture and nutrition. Long-term effects have not yet been sufficiently evaluated.

In Boxer’s terms, the labels are about transparency—not money.

“By giving American consumers information fundamental to their choices in the marketplace, we protect and promote the integrity and health of our economy,” Boxer said.

Eat Better Today

Maximized Living will continue promote the use of all-natural, organic foods, but the responsibility still lies with consumers. Reading labels and understanding how food affects your body will help you make the best dietary decisions.

Contact your nearest Maximized Living doctor today to learn how to make nutritional choices that help you and your family stay well for life. You can also request information regarding our next interactive health workshop, “Healthy for the Holidays.”