Ballot measure: Proposition 37
Would require labels on genetically modified foods
The California Right to Know Campaign, the yes side, is running a 30-second television ad in major media markets in the state.
What's the charge?: The ad shows vintage television footage to attempt to link cigarettes, DDT and Agent Orange to the corporations that are among the largest backers of the No on Prop 37 campaign. The ad says, "If Monsanto and Dow think these foods are safe ... why are they fighting our right to know what's in our food?" The ad strongly suggests that the same companies that lied about cigarettes, DDT and Agent
Is it true?: The ad is mostly factual but misleading. Monsanto, which helped produce Agent Orange for U.S. military operations in Vietnam, is the largest donor to the No on 37 campaign. Dow Chemical, which produced Agent Orange and DDT, has also donated to the No on 37 campaign. But the ad raises the questionable fear that genetically engineered foods are as dangerous as unsafe chemicals. No peer-reviewed scientific studies have found such foods to be harmful.
-- Dana Hull, Staff