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Poll Shows Californians Uncertain About Ballot Measures

Aired 7/19/12 on KPBS News.

A new poll shows Californians still haven’t made up their minds about several statewide ballot measures in November’s election.

A new poll shows Californians still haven’t made up their minds about several statewide ballot measures in November’s election. The California Business Roundtable and Pepperdine University conducted an online poll where participants could see each measure’s title and summary.

Of the high profile tax initiatives, fifty-six percent of Californians approve of Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30. Only thirty-nine percent oppose.

Chris Condon led the research on the poll. He said only thirty-five percent of voters approve of Proposition 38, the tax initiative backed by wealthy education advocate Molly Munger.

“This is being opposed pretty much across the board all education levels, all regions, all ethnic groups. I think people are seeing this as a tax on me,” said Condon.

Only four ballot initiatives show at least sixty percent support. Those include increasing human sex trafficking penalties, preventing unions from deducting political contributions from paychecks, revamping the state’s three strikes sentencing law, and mandatory labeling for genetically modified foods.

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DaleProp37 | August 25, 2012 at 8:41 a.m. ― 2 years ago

Proposition 37 is Simple . . .

Proposition 37 (The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act) simply requires adding a few words to the label of retail packaged foods if the food contains ingredients that are genetically engineered. Packaged foods already have labels showing nutrition, allergy information and other facts consumers want to know. Prop 37 is easy to comply with and does not create new bureaucracies, force manufactures to change ingredients or ban the use of genetically engineering. Prop 37 will not add cost to farmers, manufacturers or consumers.

We have the right to know what’s in the food we’re eating and feeding to our families – we deserve an informed choice.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are not tested for long term impacts on human health. There are 65 documented health risks associated with eating genetically engineered food. Is it ethical to be putting an experimental technology into the food we feed our children solely for the financial benefit of the world's largest biotech, chemical and food manufacturers?

Nearly 50 countries require labels on Genetically Engineered food, and many of these also have severe restrictions or bans against GMO food production or sale. Countries with mandatory labeling include Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Russia and all of the countries in the European Union. Some of the countries with severe restrictions or bans against GMO food production or sale are Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Ireland, the Philippines, Australia, Peru and Japan. The U.S. and Canada are two of the only developed nations in the world without GMO labeling. Don’t we deserve the same level of protection and information as citizens in other nations around the world?

The most common GMOs are corn, soy, canola, beet sugar, cotton, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa, and squash (zucchini and yellow). GMOs may be hidden in common processed food ingredients such as: Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins and Yeast Products.

Proposition 37 will make it easier for consumers to know if the food they buy contains GMOs without having to make sense of a long list of unfamiliar ingredients.

Learn more about Prop 37 at www.CaRightToKnow.org

Learn more about the the medical, environmental, political and social issues associated with Genetically Engineered food at:

www.responsibletechnology.org
www.CenterForFoodSafety.org
www.NonGMOProject.org
www.GMO-Journal.com

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Avatar for user 'DaleProp37'

DaleProp37 | August 25, 2012 at 8:43 a.m. ― 2 years ago

Learn more about Prop 37 at www.CaRightToKnow.org

Learn more about the the medical, environmental, political and social issues associated with Genetically Engineered food at:

www.responsibletechnology.org
www.CenterForFoodSafety.org
www.NonGMOProject.org
www.GMO-Journal.com

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