The Mission district is know for its food, both in corner fruit stands and on fancy dinner plates in the neighborhood's top shelf restaurants. As a state, California grows half of the fruits, nuts and vegetables the country eats.
If the Midwest is the bread basket, California is the fruit bowl, and come November 6th, it might also be the first state to require labeling on food products that contain genetically modified ingredients.
California's Proposition 37 would change the information on certain food labels, like the ones on raw and processed foods, to include warnings like "Genetically Engineered," "Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering," or "May be Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering." What's more, the oft confusing "natural" claim on some food products would be banned in the state.
The bill has stirred up plenty of controversy, with the opposition taking out ad space on television with the most prevalent claim being Proposition 37 would increase food costs to unaffordable heights.
The Prop 37 bill language includes this measurement:
Polls consistently show that more than 90 percent of the public want to know if their food was produced using genetic engineering.
So, Mission Local took the controversial bill to the streets, and asked, what do you know about Prop 37?
For more reading on Prop 37, check out this infographic our friends created across the Bay at Oakland North.
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