On November 6th, Californians will vote on Proposition 37, an initiative that would require labels on some food that is genetically modified or contains genetically altered ingredients.
Proponents of the measure say consumers have a right to know if there are GMOs in their food. They believe the consumption of GMOs causes health problems.
Opponents say labeling genetically engineered foods would ban the sale of “perfectly safe” grocery products and cost families more for food. They also maintain that Prop 37 will increase government bureaucracy and taxpayer costs.
Opponents are also concerned about a “bounty hunter” provision in the proposal, which would allow lawyers to sue over violations.
The California Farm Bureau Federation is one of the groups leading the fight against Prop 37. Brownfield discussed the concerns with that group’s director of environmental affairs, Cynthia Cory.