Both sides to Prop 37: Labeling GMO’s


While it’s not normally in the nature of EPL to provide commentary or even call attention to political issues in food, the conversation over California Proposition 37 over the Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food has us passionately squirming in our skins – and with only 12 more days until the issue hits the ballet for the first time in California, the two sides are heating up. Our opinion shouldn’t be too difficult to discern as we believe everyone should be as informed as possible about the life or death choice about how they fuel their body, yet it’s also important that you understand the choice, the impacts, and both sides of the coin. I encourage you to do your own research on Prop 37 as it will likely be making it’s way to your state in the coming years (Iowa friends – you may be waiting a while…)

What is Proposition 37?

If prop 37 is approved by voters, it would mean the following:

  • Required labeling of all food sold to consumers that is made with plants or animals that have been genetically modified (Learn here more about what constitutes “Genetically Modified Organisms” or GMO)
  • If food includes GMO’s it cannot be labeled with the word “Natural”

The short form on the ballot will read: “Requires labeling of food sold to consumers made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits marketing such food, or other processed food, as ‘natural.’ Provides exemptions.”

What are the financial impacts?

  • Potential increase in costs between a few thousand to $1 million to the state for regulation of labeling

Those is favor…


  • Consumers have a right to know what is in their food and to make a conscious choice
  • Over 40 countries are already labeling GMO products
  • More information can ensure consumer with allergies are properly educated

Those in opposition…


  • It could increase costs to taxpayers without providing additional safety or health benefits
  • It may lean towards benefiting special interests
  • It authorizes shakedown lawsuits

Companies ‘for’ and ‘against’ in dollars (there is quite the pattern here…)

How can I learn more? Articles for both sides


One comment on “Both sides to Prop 37: Labeling GMO’s

  1. Xiomara says:


    I feel very strongly about PROP 37 and am sad it didn’t pass :(.

    Anywho, I nominated your blog for a Sunshine Award! If you’d like, please check my blog @ in a few minutes for the rules and such.

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