37 Reasons to Vote for Prop. 37 (Mandatory GMO Food Labels)

Prop 37

In November, Californians will be the first to vote on a landmark proposition (Proposition 37)to decide if food using ingredients that have been genetically modified should be labeled as such. Here is the precise  wording:

Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling. Initiative Statute.

  • Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.
  • Prohibits labeling or advertising such food, or other processed food, as “natural.”
  • Exempts foods that are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.

As expected, the big food companies are not interested in such disclosures, while the smaller companies using non-GMO ingredients are in favor. The former have spent over $25 million in their efforts to kill proposition 37.

Here are 37 reasons why Proposition 37 MUST pass

  1. GMO crops’ environmental benefits are questionable; GMO crops require pesticides too.
  2. Genetic modification is NOT the same as selective breeding. Side effects are unknown.
  3. There have been NO long term studies on GMO safety.
  4. We don’t need more superweeds.
  5. Anything brought to you by the makers of Agent Orange does not inspire trust.
  6. GMO labeling will not make food more expensive. If labeling GMOs was cost prohibitive, European manufacturers would go bankrupt (they DO label GMO’s).
  7. In an animal study, GMOs caused sterility within 3 generations. Wouldn’t that be a nice surprise for your great grandkids?
  8. The long term environmental impact of GMO crops is unclear.
  9. GMO crops are sterile, keeping farmers at the mercy of biotech firms each growing season. (ie  price hikes…)
  10. GMO corn is used as livestock feed. Harms the animal, then harms the human?
  11. Honest labeling does not mean the US will become a “nanny state”.
  12. 90% of Americans support GMO labeling.
  13. GMO crops have NOT SHOWN any increase in crop yields on average.
  14. GMO crops have huge R&D costs. Manufacturers must sell, sell, sell to recoup costs, safe or not.
  15. If Prop 37 passes, it will increase sales of smaller food manufacturers and add diversity, helping rebuild local communities.
  16. You can wash off pesticides, but GMO, whose genes serves as inborn pesticides, can never be washed off.
  17. GMO crops poison insects, which then die from infections from bacteria like E.Coli.
  18. Superbugs are evolving to circumvent GMO protection.
  19. Cross pollination contaminates non-GMO crops, without the consent of their growers.  There is no turning back after that.
  20. GMO ruins generations of farming traditions, most notably saving and reuse of seeds.
  21. GMOs are forever – the BT toxin from GMO corn has been found in the blood of pregnant women and their fetuses.
  22. Food allergies have skyrocketed since GMO introduction into the food system. Coincidence?
  23. The studies that claim GMO foods are safe, have been funded by GMO manufacturers.
  24. Big food corporations oppose GMO lableing, why are they afraid to let consumers know what’s in their food?
  25. Scientists can’t agree on whether GMOs are safe or not. Shouldn’t we have the right to sit on the sidelines, at least for now?
  26. Nutrition surprise!  GMO and conventional crops aren’t the same, but you could never know since they’re not labeled.  One study showed that compared to conventional soy, GMO soy has less protein, less phenylalanine, less choline and less of the B-complex vitamins.  It has more trypsin inhibitor and its lecithin levels were double regular soy.
  27. Whether we want to eat GMO products or not should be a consumer choice – when items are not labeled consumers no longer have that choice.
  28. Studies on GMO with negative results can and are being blocked from publication by the seed and biotech companies.
  29. GMO puts Biodiversity at risk.  One study showed BT crops were lethal to protected insect species in Europe.
  30. Allergy transfer.  When the Brazil Nut was genetically engineered into a soybean, the GMO soybean caused an allergic reaction in those allergic to nuts.  While this specific GMO was not approved, the fact that allergens can be transferred is quite concerning. People with allergies deserve to know.
  31. Passage of proposition 37 will stimulate a wave of new product reformulations that will ultimately benefit consumers.
  32. Many big food companies claim that eating healthfully is a matter of personal choice. How can one exercise personal responsibility when huge economic conglomerates are fighting to keep us ignorant?
  33. If proposition 37 passes in a large state like California, it will have a ripple effect to the rest of the country.
  34. Proposition 37 is not a Democrat / Republican issue. We should all demand the freedom to know what we feed our families.
  35. Because this is the opponents’ lame excuse for not doing it – “It’s a deceptive, deeply flawed food labeling scheme that would add more government bureaucracy and taxpayer costs, create new frivolous lawsuits, and increase food costs by billions–without providing any health or safety benefits.”
  36. Revolving doors between the FDA / USDA /other government offices and biotech companies such as Monsanto have delayed GMO labeling since the early 90′s when the first crops were introduced. In Europe, GMO labeling from day one made sure that a GMO market would not develop at all. Mandatory labeling going forward will make sure no new GMO crops are added to the market before their safety has fully been assured.
  37. Transparency airs out all corruption.

Vote YES on Prop 37!

  • SteveT

    Here’s one reason to consider voting “No”: has the Proposition system in CA ever done anything good? Other than of course killing what used to be the best public school system in the nation and dramatically raising home prices by limiting taxes (Prop 13), outlawing gay marriage, and lining the pockets of plaintiffs lawyers with little or no public health benefit (Prop 65)? I remember the ballots being pages long when I lived in CA just due to the number of obscure propositions.

    What makes this issue so special that it cannot be decided by our elected politicians? Or should we just get rid of politicians altogether and just do everything by direct democracy?

    • Anonymous

      I dont know what version of USA you’re from but i’ve never seen politicians handling any issue well. We SHOULD actually have a democracy.

    • Liz K

      Actually Dennis Kucinich has introduced GMO labeling legislation to Congress nearly every year for the past decade or so. You can see how far that’s gotten us. Also, just this January, there was a bill in the California legislature to label GMO salmon, but it didn’t even make it out of the Appropriations committee. Our representatives are failing to represent the will of the people (90%+ consistently say they want labeling in national and California polls) so we’ve taken it into our own hands here in California.

      • ocnaturaldoc

        AquaBounty salmon is coming….and when it hits the market, it will be labeled. it’s injected with the DNA of eels. you realize that aside from being toxic, GMOs recode your DNA, right?

    • ocnaturaldoc

      initiatives are like children…they need to be considered individually. Prop 37 is about adding 3 letters to a label that’s already on the package — at no additional expense to manufacturers, consumers or farmers — so people have a choice. how can anyone not be in favor of a choice?

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    Just because in your opinion something did not work in the past, it does not mean that a new proposition with all the data behind it should not pass. You might want to educate yourself on GMOs a bit more to understand why we are trying to pass this prop. All the European countries have passed this law already and so have India, Japan and China. The food manufacturers are already doing this in other countries so why can’t they just add a few words to their labeling in the U.S.? This prop is meant for the consumers to know what’s in their food so they can make the choice whether they want to consume it and WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW. That’s what it is about!

    • ocnaturaldoc


  • http://www.facebook.com/greenchilemaven Beth McKenzie Castaneda

    I read and understand all 37 points and fully support labeling. The scariest fact is that we have not already had this labeling since the early 90′s when the first crops were introduced. This goes to show how difficult the challenge is for Prop 37. Hope, hope it wins.

    • ocnaturaldoc

      during his campaign in 2007, barack obama promised he would label GMOs. not only did he not keep that promise, he created a new position at FDA — Commissioner of Food Safety — and then appointed Michael Taylor to the post. who is Michael Taylor? Monsanto VP. it’s common knowledge that Mitt Romney consulted with Monsanto and helped build them to the frankenfood giant they are today. Monsanto’s bed is pretty busy.

      • PK0702

        The Bosmster also promised I’ll be able to keep my doctor and my current health insurance plan. He also claimed everyone’s premiums would decrease by an average of $2500. Instead, I’m going loss my insurance (like most), my doctor and my premiums are going up by 300% with a high deductible! My point is politicians lie (especially those schooled in Chicago thug politics).

        I personally prefer organic non-GMO foods. However, I’m always suspicious of some of these studies…is it voodoo science or real unbiased scientific studies? Is it possible that some GMOs are good and bad: yes.

        If you want a change on how food is labels and more transparency on the so called “health food ” claims than petition you election officials to make the desired changes.

  • ChefCarrie

    The cross pollination aspect is really worrisome. I’m sure this has made others think of “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut and its Ice-9!

  • James Cooper

    The trouble with all these wild claims is that there are no peer reviewed studies to support them. It is just scare tactics. There are hundreds of papers that have been published showing that GMO foods are completely safe, and NONE showing any bad effects. See http://ec.europa.eu/research/biosociety/pdf/a_decade_of_eu-funded_gmo_research.pdf for example.

    • http://www.fooducate.com/blog Fooducate

      Not a single long term study has shown GMO is safe.
      There has simply not been one.
      Call it a scare tactic, obviously in Europe it worked.
      Wish the FDA was as scared as European agencies…

      • ocnaturaldoc

        there aren’t any long term studies on humans. but you can look at the declining health of kids these days and see there are problems. many of these kids haven’t eaten anything other than GMOs. their food source is toxic, chemical-laden rather than packed with nutrition. leaky gut syndrome in 10 year olds? well, it stand to reason if the round up ready in the seeds is designed to burst the stomachs of insects, it’ll have a deleterious effect on humans and livestock. rise in children’s cancer? and these ‘new’ diseases? hmmmmm…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/diane.benitez Diane Benitez

      We should always error on the side of caution. We are only now learning of the negative effects of heating foods in plastic in the microwave. Long term studies can only be done over a long term of testing and in my opinion testing should not occur on the general public who has not given full informed consent.

      • ocnaturaldoc

        we’ve been Monsanto’s guinea pigs for 20 years…totally uninformed. many people haven’t even heard of GMOs til the introduction of Prop 37.

    • Lisa Zoe

      Actually that’s not true. There is evidence that GMO foods caused liver and kidney cancer in lab animals. I guess it just depends on who you choose to believe…the guys that stand to make billions from GMO food or the people who are consumer advocates . If there was nothing wrong with GMO foods than why have they been rejected globally and why won’t the FDA just agree to label them as GMO? Also the adverse effect that they have had on insect life and the animals who feed off those insects should be noted as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pittiespretty Pretty Pitties
      • ocnaturaldoc

        Monsanto told everyone that Agent Orange was safe, too. Do you know anyone who fought in VietNam who later developed cancer? i do.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pittiespretty Pretty Pitties

          Okay, like I said GMO’s are not good:/

      • http://www.facebook.com/pittiespretty Pretty Pitties

        Wow 10 thumbs down, whatever, keep eating modified crap.

    • ocnaturaldoc

      not true. and 50 countries have implemented a ban or restriction on GMOs.

  • Cleo

    Prop 37 is an attack on grocers of all sizes but damaging smaller grocers especially. The law entices citizens and lawyers to stalk grocery aisles for questionable products then sue the grocer. It will be the lesser known products and local fare that will be singled out for successful litigation. This stuff will disappear from stores because no sensible grocer will take the risk. Small producers can’t afford testing and labeling but their products will be unsalable without them. Nice move Yuppies…NOT! Fools.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ilovebi.ggbird Ilovebi Ggbird

    Too bad

  • http://www.facebook.com/ilovebi.ggbird Ilovebi Ggbird

    Too bad i dont live in california

    • ocnaturaldoc

      doesn’t matter where you live in the US…when this passes, you’ll eventually be seeing labeling everywhere. think ‘no smoking’,'trans fats’ and ‘seat belts’.

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  • Janice D.

    Prop 37 will work a hardship on grocers including smaller neighborhood ones. It is a $10,000 fine every time an ambulance chaser comes in the store and selects a product with questionable labeling. That will be nearly all local products and those from smaller producers. Vote yes so lawyers can prosper!

  • 37ruinsgrocers

    Fuck you Hemi, you censoring cocksucker.

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  • Meghan

    How do i vote yes??

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  • http://duin.it/ Greg Fellin

    I just found this app & it Rocks. That said prop 37 sounds like a good idea :)

  • slyparadox

    Two words: erin brockovich.

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  • Vanessa

    When will NY be able to vote on this matter?

    I vote YES!

  • Yuli
    • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate


      “The bottom line: While we fritter away time debating this issue with our bellies full, there are people who do not know where their next meal is coming from. I support GMO products to help feed the world.”

      The above quote is from a big ag state senator in Iowa. What did you expect him to say?

      GMO has not been proven to increase food production. And there is more than enough food being produced in the world today. The problem lies in its distribution. And politics.