BayBio has joined a growing coalition of biotechnology companies, scientists, family farmers, doctors, food companies, small businesses and others in opposing California’s Proposition 37 on the November statewide ballot.
Proposition 37 would effectively ban the sale of tens of thousands of grocery products in California that contain genetically engineered (GE) or biotech ingredients, unless they are specially repackaged, relabeled or made using non-GE ingredients.
BayBio feels strongly that applying warning labels to foods made with the benefits of biotechnology would inappropriately mislead and even scare consumers into believing they are unsafe.
The truth is that agriculture biotechnology has been used for decades to grow varieties of crops that resist diseases and insects and require fewer pesticides. The World Health Organization, National Academy of Sciences, American Medical Association, and many other respected scientific and medical bodies agree that foods made with biotech ingredients are safe.
By requiring misleading labeling and promoting anti-science information, Prop 37 will have significant adverse consequences for the bioscience industry.
The opposition coalition has identified other major flaws with Proposition 37 that BayBio encourages you to research further, including:
- Prop 37 would authorize new frivolous lawsuits against farmers, grocers and small businesses.
- Prop 37 is full of arbitrary exemptions and loopholes.
- Prop 37 adds to state bureaucracy, red tape and taxpayer costs.
- Prop 37 would increase food costs by billions for consumers.
BayBio encourages you to get the facts about this proposition and get involved.