Statement from the California Farm Bureau, which opposed proposition 37, :
“The largest organization representing California family farmers and ranchers thanked voters today for rejecting a ballot initiative that would have required foods containing genetically engineered ingredients to carry a special, California-only label. The California Farm Bureau Federation opposed Proposition 37, which voters defeated in yesterday’s statewide election.
“We’re pleased that voters saw the many flaws in Proposition 37 and rejected it,” California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said. “It would have created confusion about food safety and raised food costs, and it would have created all sorts of complications for family farmers and others who grow or sell food.”
Despite the defeat of Proposition 37, Wenger said farmers understand that many people want to know more about how their food is produced.
“No matter what crops they grow or how they grow them, farmers want to provide the food and farm products that people want and need,” he said, adding that Farm Bureau supports continued research and education to broaden understanding of genetically engineered foods.
“While it’s true that California farmers don’t grow a lot of genetically engineered crops, we believe biotechnology holds promise to provide environmental benefits and nutritional improvements for a growing population,” Wenger said. “While we seek to fulfill that promise, we will continue to support the current, comprehensive regulatory program that ensures biotech crops are safe and are produced in a way that protects the environment. We believe biotech crops to be safe, but if people choose not to consume foods produced through biotechnology, there are alternatives such as organic products or those voluntarily labeled as being made without use of genetically engineered ingredients.”
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