You can make a lot of arguments in favor of Prop. 37, the ballot measure that would force retailers and food producers to label food with warnings about genetic modification.
“Unfortunately, the initiative to require labeling of those ingredients is sloppily written. It contains language that, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office,could be construed by the courts to imply that processed foods could not be labeled as “natural” even if they weren’t genetically engineered. Most of the burden for ensuring that foods are properly labeled would fall not on producers but on retailers, which would have to get written statements from their suppliers verifying that there were no bioengineered ingredients — a paperwork mandate that could make it hard for mom-and-pop groceries to stay in business. Continue reading