Election season is a time of information overload. Your inbox floods with emails, your mailbox fills with flyers, and billboards with aggressive messaging line major thoroughfares. Propositions, in particular, can be confusing—and Proposition 37, The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, is no exception. Prop 37 advocates adding labels to any foods that are genetically modified. The idea is that the consumer experience will be more transparent, and consumers will be able to decide for themselves whether they want to eat genetically modified foods. That hasn’t gone over too well with companies whose bottom lines depend on keeping information about the food supply hidden from the public. Those companies have thrown millions of dollars to thwart GMO labeling, upsetting the grassroots advocates who are equally invested but far less financially powerful.
California voters recently received their Official Voter Information Guide, and the rundown of the Prop 37 offered by the No on 37 Campaign provided information that seems...questionable.
Here are five of their claims about GMO labeling, and our quest for the truth behind them.
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