California Voters Reject GMO Labeling Initiative Prop 37
While many ballot initiatives had a great night last night including Maryland, Maine and Washington state where it looks like marriage equality will pass, prop 37, the GMO labeling ballot initiative, appears to have suffered a loss.
With 87% reporting, Prop 37 has only 46.8% of the vote saying yes and a triumphant 53.2% saying no.
According to the LA Times, the ballot initiative was polling well but steadily declined after the biotech and food industries put out their 44 million dollars worth of negative ads. Supporters in the state were hoping to require food that contained genetically modified ingredients to be disclosed on the label so consumers could make informed choices.
In better news in California, higher penalties for sex traffickers appears to have passed with 81% of the vote.
Another victory for GMOs. Perhaps one of these days advocates will win the fight to require labeling. Just not today.