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June 13, 2012

California voters will decide on labeling genetically-modified foods

  • 70% of foods in supermarkets in the U.S. are estimated to have genetically-modified organisms
  • 5% of foods in supermarkets in Europe are estimated to have GMOs; it’s way more controversial there
  • 51% of Americans say they would not buy genetically-modified food if it was labeled
  • 89% of Republicans polled want such food to be labeled as genetically modified
  • 90% of Democrats polled want their GMO food labeled as such; well, it’s unanimous source

» Nearly one million signatures in California: In a fairly unprecedented move, voters — not politicians — will get to decide on the issue of genetically-modified food. This has food producers, who previously could deal with politicians without too much issue, freaked out. The result? Lately, lobbying groups with such names as the “Coalition Against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition (CACFLP)” and the “California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA)” have been ratcheting up their fight against these bills — and some of the lobbyists behind them have worked for the tobacco industry. Hey lobbyists! If you need some help fighting this, we have an idea for another organization: “California Citizens Against Organizations With Unwieldy Scary Names To Convince You Not To Vote For This Bill We Don’t Like (CCAOWUSNTCYNTVFTBWDL).” You’re welcome, guys.

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