California Proposition 37

California Proposition 37: A Belligerent Genetically Modified Banana?

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You have read what I have been writing about California Proposition 37.

You know the whacked out supporters, the unnecessary nature of the food labeling and the fact this initiative is a scam for certain law firms to get rich.

But, now you have it all – a belligerent genetically modified banana.

Here is the link to my Proposition 37 archive and….

Vote NO on Tuesday.

California Proposition 37

Poll: California Proposition 37 Now a Loser

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No on 37 radio ad California Proposition 37   The Food Labeling Initiative is Promoted By JUNK Science?

Support for California Proposition 37 has cratered and the latest California Business Roundtable poll documents this voter sentiment.

Backing for Proposition 37, the genetically engineered food labeling initiative, is falling, fast.

A new poll by the California Business Roundtable and the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy showed 39.1% of likely voters support the measure, while 50.5% oppose the labeling requirement. Undecided voters represented 10.5% of respondents.

The results released Tuesday show a a drop in support of nine percentage points since a similar survey just over two weeks ago.

“It seems voters have been influenced by both the No campaign and a barrage of negative editorials” in newspapers around the state, said Chris Condon of M4 Strategies, which conducted the poll of all 11 initiatives on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The Internet-based poll of 2,115 likely Califonria general election voters was conducted from Oct. 21 to Oct. 28 and had a margin of error of 3%.

The Roundtable-Pepperdine poll as well as a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll out Thursday indicate that a barrage of critical ads by opponents of Proposition 37 have eroded the measure’s once-commanding, more than 2-to-1 lead.

The USC Dornsife/L.A. Times poll had the Yes side ahead  with 44% compared to 42% for No.

Yes, there has been a goodly amount of advertising on this measure. But, voters have finally been educated as to how nefariously unnecessary this initiative is. Plus, all of the major California newspapers saying NO has lent much authority to the No argument.

Let’s hope the trend continues.

Vote NO on California Proposition 37.

California Proposition 37

California Proposition 37 – The Food Labeling Initiative is Promoted By “JUNK” Science?

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No on California Proposition 37

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting piece out today discussing how “JUNK” science is being used to support and promote California Proposition 37, the food labeling initiative on the November ballot.

Proposition 37, the ballot measure mandating the labeling of genetically modified food that is also known as the “right to know” initiative, is narrowly running ahead of the opposition, according to the latest opinion polls.

But even if the measure goes down — and it’s the target of a $35-million publicity attack by agricultural and food industry interests — the campaign behind it will mark an important milestone in politics: the deployment of weapons-grade junk science.

Of course, ignorance and anti-intellectualism are not new phenomena in our elections, nor in the political processes of other lands, dictatorships and democracies alike. Pseudoscience is part and parcel of corporate advertising in every medium. (“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.”)

But where science is at the heart of a campaign, as it is for Proposition 37, the promotion of manifestly shoddy research is especially shameful. That goes double where multibillion-dollar industries, tens of thousands of jobs, and the health and well-being of millions of consumers are at stake.

Read all of the rest of Hiltzik’s piece.

The fact is that laws that so affect Californians are best handled through the legislative process rather than the initiative – unless there is a clear and purposeful obstruction by the California Legislature.

Testimony and evidence gathered in legislative committees lead to better laws – most of the time.

Proposition 37 goes out of its way to use confusing scientific terms and scare tactics to make its argument for passage of special interest legislation. Legislation that would not otherwise, pass the California Legislature, nor probably be signed by even the most liberal of governors, Jerry Brown.

California Proposition 37 is more than a “right to know” issue. The supporters know this and this is why they are using this method to get their special interests codified into California law.

Here is a video clip with some physician views on genetic engineering and food production and Proposition 37:


Remember, Vote NO on 37.