Monday, May 25

No on Proposition 37

The editorial board is composed of multiple Daily Bruin staff members and is dedicated to publishing informed opinions on issues relevant to students. The board serves as the official voice of the paper and is separate from the newsroom.

Past the partisan bickering and campaign half-truths of the 2012 election season, it is integral that students take the initiative to educate themselves about the issues at stake on the November ballot.

The Daily Bruin editorial board, which represents the voice of the entire newspaper, has researched the measures and candidates that students will be voting on, and endorsed the ones we think do the most to support the UCLA community. We encourage students to use our endorsements as a starting point for conducting their own research, forming their own educated opinions and casting an informed vote come Election Day.

See who the board endorsed:

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Despite its good intentions to provide consumers with more information about genetically modified foods, Proposition 37’s ambiguous provisions are ultimately problematic.

The measure, which would require genetically modified foods in California to be labeled, indicates a positive concern about our impact as consumers on the environment and a growing awareness about how our food is produced.

But the bill’s wording could prohibit “natural” labels on foods, like grain or olive oil, that have been pressed or milled, even if they were not genetically modified.

This confusion over what labels would mean would defeat the entire purpose of informing the consumer.

Moreover, labeling would be the responsibility of retailers rather than producers and would be enforced through costly lawsuits.

There is currently little evidence that genetically engineered foods are dangerous to the consumer.

So although it’s difficult in principle to oppose the consumer’s right to know about the food they are consuming, this board believes there needs to be more independent study on the effects of GMOs.

More comprehensive regulation, exercised by the federal government rather than individual states, would more efficiently provide oversight on the food industry.

For now, consumers can already exercise power through the choices they make within the free market. Consumers who want to avoid genetically modified foods can purchase organic products, which do not contain GMOs.

We are not against the principles of environmentally friendly consumption but unfortunately, this measure is ill-conceived.

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