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GMO Food Labeling Heading to Vote in California
By Tyler Collins

After filing nearly double the number of required signatures, Californians will be voting on the right to know whether the food they are eating has been genetically modified (GMO) or engineered.

If passed, California will join over 40 countries, including all of Europe, Japan, and China, who have similar legislation requiring genetically modified foods to be labeled accordingly.

A March 2012 Mellman Group poll found that more than nine out of ten American voters favor labeling for genetically engineered food. The poll shows that the results are the same for both sides of the political spectrum, with 93% favor by Democrats and 89% by Republicans. A near majority (41%) of voters go as far as supporting the ban of genetically engineered foods entirely.

The Mellman Group states in their report that the results are not entirely shocking when one considers the voters’ underlying attitudes towards GMOs. Although the FDA disagrees, nearly two thirds of voters feel that “There is an important difference between genetically modified foods and foods that have not been genetically modified.”

"In a country seemingly dominated by partisan polarization on everything from the cause of hurricanes to the state of the economy, it's hard to find issues, outside of motherhood and apple pie, that can muster over 90 percent support… we found one," Mark Mellman wrote in a recent article.

Posted: September 13, 2012