SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the most prestigious scientific organization in the United States and publisher of Science magazine, called mandated labeling for GE foods something that "can only serve to mislead and falsely alarm consumers."
The organization's board of directors issued a statement on October 20, titled, "On Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods."
To be clear, the board did not weigh in specifically on Prop. 37. But it's important to remember that Prop. 37 is a mandatory GE labeling measure facing California voters on November 6.
Read the full statement here. Key excerpts are below:
"The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal Society, and every other respected organization that has examined the evidence has come to the same conclusion: consuming foods containing ingredients derived from GM crops is no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques."
"...contrary to popular misconceptions, GM crops are the most extensively tested crops ever added to our food supply."
"Legally mandating such a label can only serve to mislead and falsely alarm consumers."
About Prop. 37
Proposition 37 would ban the sale of tens of thousands of perfectly-safe, common grocery products only in California unless they are specially repackaged, relabeled or remade with higher cost ingredients. Prop. 37 is not a simple labeling measure. It will increase grocery bills for California families by up to $400 a year, add more government bureaucracy and taxpayer costs, will create a new way for trial lawyers to file shakedown lawsuits, and includes loopholes and exemptions which make no sense. All of this without providing any health or safety benefits. That's why Prop. 37 is opposed by a broad coalition of family farmers, scientists, doctors, business, labor, taxpayers and consumers.
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