A molecular geneticist who helped commercialize the worlds first genetically engineered whole food wholeheartedly supports providing Californians with information about whether the foods in their grocery stores have been genetically engineered.
The question of whether to label genetically engineered (GE) foods, as Proposition 37 would require, is not about science. Prop. 37 is about people having the right to know what's in their food and how it was produced.
It's about making competition in a free market -- the hallmark of capitalism -- more transparent. And it's about fairness.
American companies must label their GE products for sale in some 50 other countries; they should label them for us as well.
It's also about common sense. "Water" must be listed as an ingredient on U.S. food labels, but American shoppers do not know whether fresh corn in their local produce aisles might contain a pesticide (or three) genetically engineered into every cell in every kernel.
Prop. 37 is about our democratic society deciding how to deal with the powerful technology of genetic engineering as it relates to our food supply.