Will Initiative For GMO Labeling Of Food Pass In California?


We talked with Tom Fendley from California Right to Know to find out.

The short answer is maybe, maybe not. What was once thought of as a “no-brainer” for California voters who want to know what they are eating, is now a contentious measure with millions of advertising dollars being spent in opposition of the proposed labeling law.

Genetically modified foods are found in more than 70% of processed foods. More than 90% of corn and soy crops are planted with GM seeds. Beet sugar which is cheaper than cane sugar, making it a popular choice for food manufacturers, may be a GMO, along with alfalfa, canola, flax, papaya, zucchini and yellow squash.

Studies conducted in Europe and Canada indicate GMOs, which have been largely untested in consumption studies, may pose health hazards to humans.

California is being closely watched by non-GMO groups across the country. It’s in the hands of California voters to make history and demand labeling, but it will only happen if they cast their votes in large numbers for Proposition 37. Right now, the estimates are too close to call as to whether it will pass or not.

Here’s our interview with Tom: 

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 150 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday afternoon at 4 on WWBA AM820 News and  other stations. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.