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"California’s Proposition 37: Effects of Mandatory Labeling of GM Food."

Carter, Colin A., Guillaume P. Gruère, Patrick McLaughlin, and Matthew MacLachlan.

from ARE Update, Vol. 15, No. 6, Jul/Aug, 2012 Special Report: Marketing Issues and Opportunities in Organic Agriculture

Abstract:

Californians will soon vote on Proposition 37, mandating that genetically modified (GM) food is labeled. Supporters argue that mandatory labeling responds to consumers’ rights, offers greater choice, and provides more information on food content. But the specifics of Prop 37 will result in a much different outcome. Food category choice will decrease and the added labeling information will be imprecise. Prop 37 will introduce a double standard for accidental GM purity in organic versus non-organic foods, favoring organic.

Keywords:

GM labeling, food labeling, Proposition 37, GM thresholds

Citation:

Carter, Colin A., Guillaume P. Gruère, Patrick McLaughlin, and Matthew MacLachlan. "California’s Proposition 37: Effects of Mandatory Labeling of GM Food." Agricultural and Resource Economics Update 15(6)(2012):3-8.

http://giannini.ucop.edu/media/are-update/files/articles/V15N6_2.pdf

 

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