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Prop 37: Labels for GMOs?

Today, many of the foods we eat come from Genetically Modified Organisms such as modified corn, wheat, and soy to make them grow more productively.  But do consumers have the right to know if the food they are buying at the grocery store contains GMOs? This November, voters are being asked to decide if GMOs and foods that contain GMOs should be labeled as such in retail outlets. We take up the pros and cons of Proposition 37.


Stacy Malkan, Media Director of the Yes on 37 California Right to Know campaign to label genetically engineered foods. She is a former journalist and newspaper publisher and an advocate for environmental health campaigns, most recently as the co-founder of the national Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of the book "Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry."

Ruth Waltonspiel, organic farmer. Beginning in 1957 Ruth and Ronald Waltonspiel grew, dried, packaged and  shipped organically grown dried fruits. In 2003, the dried fruit business was sold, and they now grow 200 acres of wine grapes.