California's government leans heavily on a system of referendums, with voters tasked with approving or denying measures like the rate of property tax, gay marriage and the high-speed rail system. This November, Proposition 37 will be on the ballot, which is to whether label GMOs. Agribusinesses and food manufacturers have donated a total of $13 million toward defeating the measure, bringing the total up to $25 million in the coffers of those opposing the proposition. While the organic farmers and environmentalists who support the proposition have managed to raise less than a tenth of that total amount. Proponents of the label system say that consumers deserve to know what is in their food, mentioning food-safety concerns and a general distrust of connections between agriculture and corporate interests. This month, 69 percent of Californians voted for the measure. There is great probability that organic lovers will win the ballot and GMOs will be labeled.
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