Californians strike down GMO labeling

Nov 8, 2012

One of the ballot measures to fail in Tuesday's election was California's Proposition 37. It would have required food producers to clearly label goods that contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). KALW's Ben Trefny spoke with Paul Rogers, environmental writer for the San Jose Mercury News and Managing Editor for science programs at KQED, about possible explanations for the Prop's failure.

PAUL ROGERS: Some folks saw it as a good way that consumers could push back against the big food industry… but again I think this fundamental question that if you're worried it's going to lead to unfair lawsuits against small retailers, particularly in a bad economy, and the proponents have not established that genetically modified food is unhealthy to eat, it muddies the waters too much.

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