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California Prop 37 Puts Central Valley In The Spotlight

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Source: California Environmental Law Blog

California Prop 37 puts Central Valley in the spotlight, as the region is largely a concentration of the state’s $37.5 billion agriculture industry. Although it makes up a large part of California’s economy, Central Valley suffers from multiple obstacles. Poverty, exhausted resources, pollution, unemployment, and a large immigrant workforce are only a few of the unresolved conflicts that sustain this 450 mile stretch of land. If Prop. 37, which would require additional labeling for genetically engineered foods, passes this November, it may leave lasting impressions on the region.

According to Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s website, Yes on 37 has received a total of over $5.5 million in contributions, while the No on 37 has raised a total exceeding $34 million. High Country News has charted the top 10 contributing companies to the “no” campaign. With the exception of all but 1 company, each belongs to the Grocery Manufactures Association, who have prioritized Prop. 37’s defeat as “the single-highest priority for GMA this year.” According to MapLight.org, Monsanto, an agricultural biotech company, is ranked #1 by contributing $7.1 million.

Since 1992, Monsanto has lobbied the FDA against the labeling of genetically modified foods. Because this procedure is still relatively young (18 years-old), studies have not concluded whether GMOs are as safe as they were lobbied to be. According to the Center for Food Safety:

“Currently, up to 85 percent of U.S. corn is genetically engineered, as are 91 percent of soybeans and 88 percent of cotton (cottonseed oil is often used in food products). According to industry, up to 95% of sugar beets are now GE. It has been estimated that upwards of 70 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves–from soda to soup, crackers to condiments–contain genetically engineered ingredients.”

The Central Valley produces an assortment of over 400 commodities. Fresno County alone provides 350 kinds of crops, which in combination with livestock, generate more than $5.6 billion. Despite the agricultural wealth, Fresno ranks 2nd in the country in number of residents living in poverty.  Bakersfield and Modesto, also within the Central Valley, rank 4th and 5th, respectively.

Last month the Huffington Post quoted Caroline Farrell, the executive director of the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment as saying:

“It’s a pretty ag-heavy region, so the inequality of wages and the opportunity to earn better wages is really skewed… If you own a farm, you’re apt to earn more wealth, while if you’re a farmworker, don’t earn very much.”

Poverty is just one issue among many that hinder the Central Valley. Between 2000 and 2010, Fresno (like many Central Valley cities) experienced a rapid influx of residents. “The Valley’s growth was fueled by a soaring Hispanic population,” reported the Fresno Bee. Instead of boosting the economy’s growth, many new residents migrated and were met with unemployment or low wage employment. Over the 10 year span, Fresno’s population increased by 16 percent, and Bakersfield underwent a 40 percent increase. Due to this steadily rising population, Central Valley residents and lawmakers will need to develop plans in order to combat the growing grocery list of health hazards.

This past July, Governor Brown and federal officials adjusted the Bay Delta Conservation Plan in an attempt to redistribute water from the Sacramento River to the southern part of the state. The US Department of the Interior states:

“The revised approach, which is grounded in science, is designed to help restore fish populations, protect water quality, and improve the reliability of water supplies for all water users who receive deliveries from state and federal projects.”

Those who live within the northern Central Valley are less than optimistic, displaying the familiar sentiment that their water is being “stolen.” In August, the NY Times reported:

“Much of the delta is classified as prime farmland and produced about $800 million in agricultural products in 2009, but the output is dwarfed by counties to the south, whose agricultural production totaled about $25 billion.”

Whether this decision will truly resolve the state’s water shortage, or if it is solely profit-driven, the Central Valley has plenty to pay attention to. “Whether you’re in Modesto or Montpelier, there’s a good chance that the produce you’re eating came from the Valley,” wrote Mark Bittman for the New York Times.  Prop. 37 just may turn the spotlight on food politics within the Central Valley and beyond.

 

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14 comments
bizurk
bizurk

Makes me feel kind of sick to think that so much food is genetically engineered... Just makes me think back to when no one knew smoking was bad for you. Hopefully we don't find out in a few years that all this GE food is giving everyone cancer.

Benjamin Foster
Benjamin Foster

It's great to be provided with this kind of insight to California's food production. There seem to be a call for greater transparency that is changing the landscape of food politics. I look forward to seeing this develop! Great article, Genevieve.

Michael Higham
Michael Higham

I think it's strange that we have to go out of our way to find organic foods. If food prices remain the same, I'm not sure if there will be a move towards organic foods whether prop 37 passes or not. Organic foods are a bit more expensive.

Lucas Eaves
Lucas Eaves

When you see that 70 of process food is using GMO, labeling it is not going to make people stop eating 70% of the food they have access to. People are not going to stop eating corn from one day to another. So this measure is not going to affect farmers. They do not do the packaging. Maybe the price will go up for the consumers for the extra work on packaging but it wont affect farmers. And if a trend start where people eat less the products with GMO, then the farmers will have time to adapt and change their methods of farming.

Matt Metzner
Matt Metzner

I haven't made a decision yet on Prop 37. I'd love to get a little mor insight from a Central Valley farmer on how this prop would affect their operation.

Chad Peace
Chad Peace

Much of the world is fed by the Central Valley. California is always talked about for surfers, tech, and Hollywood, but our agriculture its the agricultural lands and people that are California's greatest resource to most of the world.

Jane Susskind
Jane Susskind

Glad to see people paying attention to agriculture and the central valley. Most Californians don't really think about where their food or water come from, but the bulk of it comes from the Central Valley. Prop 37 is up against big money, it will be interesting to see what happens.

John
John

Here is a small compiled list of some items known to contain GMOs.. not comprehensive of course, but a start, and certainly shows how Monsanto and GMO patent owners are getting a finger in every single pie we eat.

Baby Food

Nabisco

(Phillip Morris)

Arrowroot Teething Biscuits

Infant formula Carnation Infant Formulas

(Nestle)

AlSoy

Good Start

Follow-Up

Follow-Up Soy

Enfamil Infant Formulas

(Mead Johnson)

Enfamil with Iron

Enfamil Low Iron

Enfamil A.R.

Enfamil Nutramigen

Enfamil Lacto Free

Enfamil 22

Enfamil Next step (soy and milk-based varieties)

Enfamil Pro-Soybee

Isomil Infant Formulas

(Abbot Labs)

Isomil Soy

Isomil Soy for Diarrhea

Similac

(Abbot Labs)

Similac Lactose Free

Similac with Iron

Similac Low Iron

Similac Alimentum

baking

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

baking mixes

Aunt Jemima

(Quaker)

Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix

Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix

Cornbread Mix

Easy Mix Coffee Cake

Betty Crocker

(General Mills)

Pie Crust Mix

Original Pancake Mix

Complete Pancake Mix

Buttermilk Complete Pancake Mix

Muffin Mixes

Banana Nut

Lemon Poppy Seed

Blueberry

Wild Blueberry

Chocolate Chip

Apple Streusel

Quick Bread Mixes Banana

Cinnamon Streusel

Lemon Poppy Seed

Cranberry Orange

Gingerbread

Cookie Mixes Chocolate Chip

Double Chocolate Chunk

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Bisquik

(Betty Crocker/General Mills)

Original

Reduced Fat

Shake 'n Pour Pancake Mix

Shake 'n Pour Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Shake 'n Pour Blueberry Pancake Mix

Duncan Hines

(Aurora Foods)

Muffin Mixes

Kellogg's All-Bran Apple Cinnamon

Kellogg's All-Bran Blueberry

Blueberry

Blueberry Crumb

Chocolate Chip

Hungry Jack

(Pillsbury)

Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Extra Light & Fluffy Pancake Mix (all varieties)

Jiffy

Corn Muffin Mix

Blueberry Muffin Mix

Raspberry Muffin Mix

Pie Crust Mix

Mrs. Butterworths

(Aurora Foods)

Complete Pancake Mix

Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Pepperidge Farms

(Campbell's)

Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Pillsbury

Quick Bread & Muffin Mixes

Blueberry

Chocolate Chip

Banana

Cranberry

Lemon Poppyseed

Nut

Hot Roll Mix

Gingerbread

baking needs

Bakers

(Kraft/Phillip Morris)

Unsweetened Chocolate

Semi-Sweet Chocolate

German Sweet Chocolate

White Chocolate

Hershey's

Semi-Sweet Baking Chips

Milk Chocolate Chips

Mini Kisses

Nestle

Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Milk Chocolate Chips

White Chocolate

Butterscotch Chips

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bars

bread

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

Holsum

(Interstate Bakeries)

Holsum Thin Sliced

Roman Meal

12 Grain

Round Top

Home Pride

Buttertop White

Buttertop Wheat

Pepperidge Farms

(Campbell's)

Cinnamon Swirl

Light Oatmeal

Light Wheat

100% Whole Wheat

Hearty Slices

7 Grain

9 Grain

Crunchy Oat

Whole Wheat

Light Side

Oatmeal

Wheat

7 Grain

Soft Dinner Rolls

Club Rolls

Sandwich Buns

Hoagie Rolls

Thomas'

(Bestfoods)

English Muffins Original

Cinnamon Raisin

Honey Wheat

Oat Bran

Blueberry

Maple French Toast

Toast-r-Cakes Blueberry

Toast-r-Cakes Corn Muffins

Wonder

(Interstate Bakeries)

White Sandwich Bread

Country Grain

Buttermilk

Thin Sandwich

Light Wheat

100% Stoneground Wheat

Fat Free Multigrain

Premium Potato

Beefsteak Rye

Wonder Hamburger Buns

breakfast

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

breakfast bars

Kellogg's

Pop Tarts

(all varieties)

Pop Tarts Snack Stix

(all)

Nutri-Grain Bars

(all)

Nutri-Grain Fruit Filled Squares

(all)

Nutri-Grain Twists

(all)

Fruit-Full Squares

(all)

Nabisco

(Nabisco/Phillip Morris)

Fruit & Grain Bars

(all varieties)

Nature Valley

(General Mills)

Oats & Honey Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Cinnamon Granola Bars

Pillsbury

(General Mills)

Toaster Scrambles & Strudels

(all varieties)

Quaker

Chewy Granola Bars

(all varieties)

Fruit & Oatmeal Bars

(all varieties)

waffles

Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles

Buttermilk

Blueberry

Eggo Frozen Waffles

(Kellogg's)

Homestyle

Buttermilk

Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat

Nutri-Grain Multi Grain

Cinnamon Toast

Blueberry

Strawberry

Apple Cinnamon

Banana Bread

Hungry Jack Frozen Waffles

(Pillsbury/General Mills)

Homestyle

Buttermilk

cereal

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

General Mills

Cheerios

Wheaties

Total

Corn Chex

Lucky Charms

Trix

Kix

Golden Grahams

Cinnamon Grahams

Count Chocula

Honey Nut Chex

Frosted Cheerios

Apple Cinnamon Cheerios

Multi-Grain Cheerios

Frosted Wheaties

Brown Sugar & Oat Total

Basic 4

Reeses Puffs

French Toast Crunch

Kellogg's

Frosted Flakes

Corn Flakes

Special K

Raisin Bran

Rice Krispies

Corn Pops

Product 19

Smacks

Froot Loops

Marshmallow Blasted Fruit Loops

Apple Jacks

Crispix

Smart Start

All-Bran

Complete Wheat Bran

Complete Oat Bran

Just Right Fruit & Nut

Honey Crunch Corn Flakes

Raisin Bran Crunch

Cracklin' Oat Bran

Country Inn Specialties

(all varieties)

Mothers Cereals

(Quaker)

Toasted Oat Bran

Peanut Butter Bumpers

Groovy Grahams

Harvest Oat Flakes

Harvest Oat Flakes w/Apples & Almonds

Honey Round Ups

Post

(Kraft-Phillip Morris)

Raisin Bran

Bran Flakes

Grape Nut Flakes

Grape Nut O's

Fruit & Fibre date, raisin and walnut

Fruit & Fibre peach, raisin and almond

Honey Bunch of Oats

Honey Nut Shredded Wheat

Honey Comb

Golden Crisp

Waffle Crisp

Cocoa Pebbles

Cinna-Crunch Pebbles

Fruity Pebbles

Alpha-Bits

Post Selects Cranberry Almond

Post Selects Banana Nut Crunch

Post Selects Blueberry Morning

Post Selects Great Grains

Quaker

Life

Cinnamon Life

100% Natural Granola

Toasted Oatmeal

Toasted Oatmeal Honey Nut

Oat Bran

Cap'n Crunch

Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch

Cap'n Crunch Crunchling Berries

chocolate

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

candy

Cadbury

(Cadbury/Hershey's)

Mounds

Almond Joy

York Peppermint Patty

Dairy Milk

Roast Almond

Fruit & Nut

Hershey's

Kit-Kat

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Mr. Goodbar

Special Dark

Milk Chocolate

Kisses

Symphony

Kraft

(Kraft/Phillip Morris)

Toblerone

(all varieties)

Mars

M&M

(all varieties)

Snickers

Three Musketeers

Milky Way

Twix

Nestle

Crunch

Milk Chocolate

Chunky

Butterfinger

100 Grand

drink mixes and dessert toppings

Carnation

(Nestle)

Hot Cocoa Mixes:

Rich Chocolate

Double Chocolate

Milk Chocolate

Marshmallow Madness

Mini Marshmallow

No Sugar

Hershey's

Chocolate Syrup

Special Dark Chocolate Syrup

Strawberry Syrup

Nestle

Nesquik

Strawberry Nesquik

Swiss Miss

(ConAgra)

Hot Cocoa Mixes:

Chocolate Sensation

Milk Chocolate

Marshmallow Lovers

Marshmallow Lovers Fat Free

No Sugar Added

condiments

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

Del Monte

(Nabisco/Phillip Morris)

Ketchup

Heinz

Ketchup

(regular & no salt)

Chili Sauce

Cocktail Sauce

Heinz 57 Steak Sauce

Hellman's

(Bestfoods)

Real Mayonnaise

Light Mayonnaise

Low-Fat Mayonnaise

Hunt's

(ConAgra)

Ketchup

(regular & no salt)

KC Masterpiece

(Clorox)

Original BBQ sauce

Garlic & Herb Marinade

Honey Teriyaki Marinade

Kraft

(Kraft/Phillip Morris)

Miracle Whip

(all varieties)

Kraft Mayonnaise

(all)

Thick & Spicy BBQ sauces

(all varieties)

Char Grill BBQ sauce

Honey Hickory BBQ sauce

Nabisco

(Nabiso/Phillip Morris)

A-1 Steak Sauce

Open Pit

(Vlasic/Campbells)

BBQ sauces

(all)

salsa

Chi-Chi's

(Hormel)

Fiesta Salsa

(all varieties)

Old El Paso

(Pillsbury)

Thick & Chunky Salsa

Garden Pepper Salsa

Taco Sauce

Picante Sauce

Ortega

(Nestle)

Taco Sauce

Salsa Prima Homestyle

Salsa Prima Roasted Garlic

Salsa Prima 3 Bell Pepper

Thick & Chunky Salsa

Pace

(Campbells)

Chunky Salsa

Picante Sauce

Tostitos Salsa

(Frito-Lay/Pepsi)

All Natural

All Natural Thick & Chunky

Roasted Garlic

Restaurant Style

cookies

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

Delicious Brands

(Parmalat)

Animal Crackers

Ginger Snaps

Fig Bars

Oatmeal

Sugar-Free Duplex

Honey Grahams

Cinnamon Grahams

Fat Free Vanilla Wafers

English Toffee Heath Cookies

Butterfinger Cookies

Skippy Peanut Butter Cookies

Famous Amos

(Keebler/Flowers Industries)

Chocolate Chip

Oatmeal Raisin

Chocolate Sandwich

Peanut Butter Sandwich

Vanilla Sandwich

Oatmeal Macaroon Sandwich

Frookies

(Delicious Brands/Parmalat)

Peanut Butter Chunk

Chocolate Chip

Double Chocolate

Frookwich Vanilla

Frookwich Chocolate

Frookwich Peanut Butter

Frookwich Lemon

Funky Monkeys Chocolate

Ginger Snaps

Lemon Wafers

Keebler

(Keebler/Flowers Industries)

Chips Deluxe

Sandies

E.L. Fudge

Soft Batch Chocolate Chip

Golden Vanilla Wafers

Droxies

Vienna Fingers

Fudge Shoppe Fudge Stripes

Fudge Shoppe Double Fudge & Caramel

Fudge Shoppe Fudge Stix

Fudge Shoppe Peanut Butter Fudge Stix

Country Style Oatmeal

Graham Originals

Graham Cinnamon Crisp

Graham Chocolate

Graham Honey Low Fat

Crème Filled Wafers

Chocolate Filled Wafers

Nabisco (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)

Oreo

(all varieties)

Chips Ahoy!

(all varieties)

Fig Newtons

(and all Newtons varities)

Lorna Doone

Nutter Butters

Barnum Animal Crackers

Nilla Wafers

Nilla Chocolate Wafers

Pecanz Shortbread

Family Favorites Oatmeal

Famous Wafers

Fudge Covered Mystic Sticks

Honey Maid Graham Crackers

Honey Maid Cinnamon Grahams

Honey Maid Chocolate Grahams

Honey Maid Oatmeal Crunch

Teddy Grahams

Teddy Grahams Cinnamon

Teddy Grahams Chocolate

Teddy Grahams Chocolate Chips

Café Cremes Vanilla

Café Crème Cappuccino

Pepperidge Farm

(Campbell's)

Milano

Mint Milano

Chessmen

Bordeaux

Brussels

Geneva

Chocolate Chip

Lemon Nut

Shortbread

Sugar

Ginger Men

Raspberry Chantilly

Strawberry Verona

Chocolate Mocha Salzburg

Chocolate Chunk Chesapeake

Chocolate Chunk Nantucket

Chocolate Chunk Sausalito

Oatmeal Raisin Soft Baked

Sesame Street

(Keebler)

Cookie Monster

Chocolate Chip

Chocolate Sandwich

Vanilla Sandwich

Cookie Pals

Honey Grahams

Cinnamon Grahams

Frosted Grahams

Snack Wells

(Nabisco/Phillip Morris)

Devil's Food

Golden Devil's Food

Mint Crème

Coconut Crème

Chocolate Sandwich

Chocolate Chip

Peanut Butter Chip

Double Chocolate Chip

crackers

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

Keebler

(Keebler/Flowers Industries)

Town House

Club

Munch 'Ems

(all varieties)

Wheatables

Zesta Saltines

Toasteds

(Wheat, Onion, Sesame & Butter Crisps)

Snax Stix

(Wheat, Cheddar & original)

Harvest Bakery

(Multigrain, Butter, Corn Bread)

Nabisco

(Nabisco/Phillip Morris)

Ritz

(all varieties)

Wheat Thins

(all)

Wheatsworth

Triscuits

Waverly

Sociables

Better Cheddars

Premium Saltines

(all)

Ritz Snack Mix

(all)

Vegetable Flavor Crisps

Swiss Cheese Flavor Crisps

Cheese Nips

(all)

Uneeda Biscuits

Pepperidge Farm

(Campbell's)

Butter Thins

Hearty Wheat

Cracker Trio

Cracker Quartet

Three Cheese Snack Stix

Sesame Snack Stix

Pumpernickel Snack Stix

Goldfish

(original, cheddar, parmesan, pizza, pretzel)

Goldfish Snack Mix

(all)

Red Oval Farms

(Nabisco/Phillip Morris)

Stoned Wheat Thins

(all varieties)

Crisp 'N Light Sourdough Rye

Crisp 'N Light Wheat

Sunshine

(Flowers Industries)

Cheeze-It

(original & reduced fat)

Cheeze-It White Cheddar

Cheeze-It Party Mix

Krispy Original Saltines

frozen dinners

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

Banquet

(ConAgra)

Pot Pies

(all varieties)

Fried Chicken

Salisbury Steak

Chicken Nugget Meal

Pepperoni Pizza Meal

Budget Gourmet

(Heinz)

Roast Beef Supreme

Beef Stroganoff

Three Cheese Lasagne

Chicken Oriental & Vegeatble

Fettuccini Primavera

Green Giant

(Pillsbury)

Rice Pilaf with Chicken Flavored Sauce

Rice Medley with Beef Flavored Sauce

Primavera Pasta

Pasta Accents Creamy Cheddar

Create-a-Meals Parmesan Herb Chicken

Cheesy Pasta and Vegetable

Beef Noodle

Sweet & Sour

Mushroom Wine Chicken

Healthy Choice

(ConAgra)

Stuffed Pasta Shells

Chicken Parmagiana

Country Breaded Chicken

Roast Chicken Breast

Beef Pot Roast

Chicken & Corn Bread

Cheese & Chicken Tortellini

Lemon Pepper Fish

Shrimp & Vegetable

Macaroni & Cheese

Kid Cuisine

(ConAgra)

Chicken Nugget Meal

Fried Chicken

Taco Roll Up

Corn Dog

Cheese Pizza

Fish Stix

Macaroni & Cheese

Lean Cuisine

(Stouffer's/Nestle)

Skillet Sensations Chicken & Vegetable

Broccoli & Beef

Homestyle Beef

Teriyaki Chicken

Chicken Alfredo

Garlic Chicken

Roast Turkey

Hearty Portions Chicken Florentine

Beef Stroganoff

Cheese & Spinach Manicotti

Salisbury Steak

Café Classics Baked Fish

Baked Chicken

Chicken a L'Orange

Chicken Parmesan

Meatloaf with Whipped Potatoes

Everyday Favorites Chicken Fettuccini

Chicken Pie

Angel Hair Pasta

Three Bean Chili with Rice

Macaroni & Cheese

Marie Callenders

(ConAgra)

Chicken Pot Pie

Lasagna & Meat Sauce

Turkey & Gravy

Meat Loaf & Gravy

Country Fried Chicken & Gravy

Fettuccini with Broccoli & Cheddar

Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes

Country Fried Pork Chop with Gravy

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ore-Ida Frozen Potatoes

(Heinz)

Fast Fries

Steak fries

Zesties

Shoestrings

Hash Browns

Tater Tots

Potato Wedges

Crispy Crunchies

Rosetto Frozen Pasta

(Heinz)

Cheese Ravioli

Beef Ravioli

Italian Sausage Ravioli

Eight Cheese Stuffed Shells

Eight Cheese Broccoli Stuffed Shells

Stouffer's

(Nestle)

Family Style Favorites Macaroni & Cheese

Stuffed Peppers

Broccoli au Gratin

Meat Loaf in Gravy

Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole

Homestyle Meatloaf

Salisbury Steak

Chicken Breast in Gravy

Hearty Portions Salisbury Steak

Chicken Fettucini

Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Pot Pie

Swanson

(Vlasic/Campbells)

Meat Loaf

Fish & Chips

Salisbury Steak

Chicken Nuggets

Hungry Man Fried Chicken

Roast Chicken

Fisherman's Platter

Pork Rib

Voila!

(Bird's Eye/Agri-Link Foods)

Chicken Voila! Alfredo

Chicken Voila! Garlic

Chicken Voila! Pesto

Chicken Voila! Three Cheese

Steak Voila! Beef Sirloin

Shrimp Voila! Garlic

Weight Watchers

(Heinz)

Smart Ones Fiesta Chicken

Basil Chicken

Ravioli Florentine

Fajita Chicken

Roasted Vegetable Primavera

dressings/salad oils

none listed under GM modified

energy bars and drinks

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

energy bars

Power Bar

(Nestle)

Oatmeal Raisin

Apple Cinnamon

Peanut Butter

Vanilla Crisp

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Mocha

Banana

Wild Berry

Harvest Bars Apple Crisp

Blueberry

Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Strawberry

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

drink mixes

Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix

(Nestle)

Creamy Milk Chocolate

Classic Chocolate

French Vanilla

Strawberry

Café Mocha

heat and serve meals

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

Chef Boyardee

(ConAgra)

Beefaroni

Macaroni & Cheese

Mini Ravioli

ABC's & 123's

Dinty Moore

(Hormel)

Beef Stew

Turkey Stew

Chicken & Dumplings

Hormel

Chili with Beans

Chili No Beans

Vegetarian Chili with Beans

Kids' Kitchen

(Hormel)

Spaghetti Rings with Meatballs

Macaroni & Cheese

Pizza Wedges with 3 Cheese

Franco-American

(Campbell's)

Spaghetti O's

Mini Ravioli

Power Rangers Pasta in Sauce

meat and dairy alternatives

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

meat alternatives

Loma Linda

(Worthington/Kellogg's*)

Meatless Chik Nuggest

Morningstar

(Worthington/Kellogg's*)

Harvest Burger

Better 'n Burgers

Garden Veggie Patties

Grillers Burgers

Black Bean Burger

Chicken Patties

Natural Touch

(Worthington/Kellogg's*)

Garden Vegetable Pattie

Black Bean Burger

Okra Pattie

Lentil Rice Loaf

Nine Bean Loaf

Worthington

(Worthington/Kellogg's*)

Vegetarian Burger

Savory Slices

dairy alternatives

Nutra Blend Soy Beverage

(Bestfoods)

Original

Vanilla

Apple

Orange

*A company letter states that they are in the process of converting to non-genetically modified "proteins" in all products.

meal mixes and sauce packets

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

Betty Crocker

(General Mills)

Garden Vegetable Pilaf

Creamy Herb Risotto

Garlic Alfredo Fettuccini

Bowl Appetit Cheddar Broccoli

Macaroni & Cheese

Pasta Alfredo

Knorr

(Bestfoods)

Mushroom Risotto Italian Rice

Broccoli au Gratin Risotto

Vegetable Primavera Risotto

Risotto Milanese

Original Pilf

Chicken Pilaf

Rotini with 4 Cheese

Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken & Vegetable

Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato

Fettuccini with Alfredo

Classic Sauce Packets Hollandaise

Béarnaise

White

Brown

Lemon Herb

Mushroom Brown

Onion

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Pork

Roasted Turkey

Pasta Sauce Packets Alfredo

Four Cheese

Carbonara

Pesto

Garlic Herb

Lipton

(Unilever)

Rice & Sauce Packets Chicken Broccoli

Cheddar Broccoli

Beef Flavor

Spanish

Chicken Flavor

Creamy Chicken

Mushroom

Sizzle & Stir Skillet Supers Lemon Garlic Chicken & Rice

Spanish Chicken & Rice

Herb Chicken & Bowties

Cheddar Chicken & Shells

Near East

(Quaker)

Spicy Tomato Pasta Mix

Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil Pasta Mix

Falafel Mix

Lentil Pilaf

Couscous

Tomato Lentil

Parmesan

Toasted Pinenut

Herb Chicken

Broccoli & Cheese

Curry

Pasta Roni

(Quaker)

Fettuccini Alfredo

Garlic Alfredo

Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs

Angel Hair Pasta with Parmesan Cheese

Angel Hair Pasta with Tomato Parmesan

Angel Hair Pasta Primavera

Garlic & Olive Oil with Vermicelli

Rice-a-Roni

(Quaker)

Rice Pilaf

Beef

Chicken

Fried Rice

Chicken & Broccoli

Long Grain & Wild Rice

Broccoli au Gratin

Uncle Ben's

(Mars)

Long Grain & Wild Rice

(Original & with Garlic)

Brown & Wild Rice Mushroom

Country Inn Mexican Fiesta

Country Inn Oriental Fried Rice

Country Inn Chicken & Vegetable

Country Inn Chicken & Broccoli

Natural Select Chicken & Herb

Natural Select Tomato & Basil

Chef's Recipe Chicken & Vegetable Pilaf

Chef's Recipe Beans & Rice

Chef's Recipe Broccoli Rice

frozen pizza

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

Celeste

(Aurora Foods)

Supreme

Pepperoni

Vegetable

Four Cheese

Deluxe

Cheese

Tombstone

(Kraft/Phillip Morris)

Pepperoni

Supreme

Sausage & Pepperoni

Extra Cheese

Stuffed Crust

Three Cheese

Totino's

(Pillsbury)

Crisp Crust

Pepperoni

Combination

snack foods

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

Act II Microwave Popcorn

(ConAgra)

Butter

Extreme Butter

Corn on the Cob

Frito-Lay*

(PepsiCo)

Lays Potato Chips

(all varieties)

Ruffles Potato Chips

(all)

Doritos Corn Chips

(all)

Tostitos Corn Chips

(all)

Fritos Corn Chips

(all)

Cheetos

(all)

Rold Gold Pretzels

(all)

Cracker Jack Popcorn

Healthy Choice Microwave Popcorn

(ConAgra)

Organic Corn

(soy/canola oils)

Mothers Corn Cakes

(Quaker)

Butter Pop

Orville Redenbacher Microwave Popcorn

(ConAgra)

Original

Homestyle

Butter

Smart Pop

Pour Over

Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Cakes

Chocolate

Caramel

Orville Redenbacher Mini Popcorn Cakes

Butter

Peanut Caramel

Chocolate Peanut

Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn

(Betty Crocker/General Mills)

Natural

Homestyle

Jumbo Pop

Extra Butter

Light

94% Fat Free Butter

Pringles

(Procter & Gamble)

Original

Low Fat

Pizza-licious

Sour Cream & Onion

Salt & Vinegar

Cheezeums

Quaker Rice Cakes

Peanut Butter

Chocolate Crunch

Cinnamon Streusel

Mini

Chocolate

Ranch

Sour Cream & Onion

Apple Cinnamon

Caramel Corn

Quaker Corn Cakes

White Cheddar

Caramel Corn

Strawberry Crunch

Caramel Chocolate Chip

*Frito has informed its corn and potato suppliers that the company wishes to avoid GE crops, but acknowledges that canola or other oils and ingredients in its products may be from GE sources.

soda and juice drinks

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

sodas

Coca Cola

Coca Cola

Sprite

Cherry Coke

Barq's Root Beer

Minute Maid Orange

Minute Maid Grape

Surge

Ultra

PepsiCo

Pepsi

Slice

Wild Cherry Pepsi

Mug Root Beer

Mountain Dew

Cadbury/Schweppes

7-Up

Dr. Pepper

A & W Root Beer

Sunkist Orange

Schweppes Ginger Ale

juice drinks

Capri Sun juices

(Kraft/Phillip Morris)

Red Berry

Surfer Cooler

Splash Cooler

Wild Cherry

Strawberry Kiwi

Fruit Punch

Pacific Cooler

Strawberry

Orange

Grape

Fruitopia

(Coca Cola)

Grape Beyond

Berry Lemonade

Fruit Integration

Kiwiberry Ruckus

Strawberry Passion

Tremendously Tangerine

Fruit Works

(PepsiCo)

Strawberry Melon

Peach Papaya

Pink Lemonade

Apple Raspberry

Gatorade

(Quaker)

Lemon Lime

Orange

Fruitpunch

Fierce Grape

Frost Riptide Rush

Hawaiian Punch

(Procter & Gamble)

Tropical Fruit

Grape Geyser

Fruit Juicy Red

Strawberry Surfin

Hi-C

(Coca Cola)

Pink Lemonade

Watermelon Rapids

Boppin' Berry

Tropical Punch

Smashin' Wildberry

Blue Cooler

Blue Moon Berry

Orange

Cherry

Kool Aid

(Kraft/Phillip Morris)

Blastin' Berry Cherry

Bluemoon Berry

Kickin' Kiwi Lime

Tropical Punch

Wild Berry Tea

Ocean Spray

Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Cranapple

CranGrape

CranRaspberry

CranStrawberry

CranMango

Squeeze It

(Betty Crocker/General Mills)

Rockin' Red Puncher

Chucklin' Cherry

Mystery 2000

Sunny Delight

(Procter & Gamble)

Sunny Delight Original

Sunny Delight With Calcium Citrus Punch

Sunny Delight California Style Citrus Punch

Tang juices

(Kraft/Phillip Morris)

Orange Uproar

Fruit Frenzy

Berry Panic

Tropicana Twisters

(PepsiCo)

Grape Berry

Apple Raspberry Blackberry

Cherry Berry

Cranberry Raspberry Strawberry

Pink Grapefruit

Tropical Strawberry

Orange Cranberry

Orange Strawberry Banana

V-8

(Campbells)

V8 Tomato Juices

(all varieties)

Strawberry Kiwi

Strawberry Banana

Fruit Medley

Berry Blend

Citrus Blend

Apple Medley

Tropical Blend

Island Blend

soup

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

Campbell's

Tomato

Chicken Noodle

Cream of Chicken

Cream of Mushroom

Cream of Celery

Cream of Broccoli

Cheddar Cheese

Green Pea

Healthy Request Chicken Noodle

Cream of Chicken

Cream of Mushroom

Cream of Celery

Campbell's Select Roasted Chicken with Rice

Grilled Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes

Chicken Rice

Vegetable Beef

Chunky Beef with Rice

Hearty Chicken & Vegetable

Pepper Steak

Baked Potato with Steak & Cheese

New England Clam Chowder

Soup to Go Chicken Noodle

Chicken Rice

Garden Vegetable

Vegetable Beef & Rice

Simply Home Chicken Noodle

Chicken Rice

Garden Vegetable

Vegetable Beef with Pasta

Healthy Choice

(ConAgra)

Country Vegetable

Fiesta Chicken

Bean & Pasta

Chicken Noodle

Chicken with Rice

Minestrone

Pepperidge Farms

(Campbell's)

Corn Chowder

Lobster Bisque

Chicken & Wild Rice

New England Clam Chowder

Crab Soup

Progresso

(Pillsbury)

Tomato Basil

Chicken Noodle

Chicken & Wild Rice

Chicken Barley

Lentil

New England Clam Chowder

Zesty Herb Tomato

Roasted Chicken with Rotini

Fat Free Minestrone

Fat Free Chicken Noodle

Fat Free Lentil

Fat Free Roast Chicken

tomatoes and tomato sauces

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

Del Monte

(Nabisco/Phillip Morris)

Tomato Sauce

Five Brothers Pasta Sauces

(Lipton/Unilever)

Summer Vegetable

Five Cheese

Roasted Garlic & Onion

Tomato & Basil

Healthy Choice Pasta Sauces

(ConAgra)

Traditional

Garlic & Herb

Sun-Dried Tomato & Herb

Hunts

(ConAgra)

Traditional Spaghetti Sauce

Four Cheese Spaghetti Sauce

Tomato Sauce

Tomato Paste

Prego Pasta Sauces

(Campbells)

Tomato, Basil & Garlic

Fresh Mushroom

Ricotta Parmesan

Meat Flavored

Roasted Garlic & Herb

Three Cheese

Mini-Meatball

Chicken with Parmesan

Ragu Sauces (Lipton/Unilever)

Old World Traditional

Old World with Meat

Old World Marinara

Old World with Mushrooms

Ragu Robusto Parmesan & Romano

Ragu Robusto Roasted Garlic

Ragu Robusto Sweet Italian Sausage

Ragu Robusto Six Cheese

Ragu Robusto Tomato, Olive Oil & Garlic

Ragu Robusto Classic Italian Meat

Chunky Garden Style Super Garlic

Chunky Garden Style Garden Combo

Chunky Garden Style Tomato, Garlic & Onion

Chunky Garden Style Tomato, Basil & Italian Cheese

Pizza Quick Traditional

Alex Gauthier
Alex Gauthier

its not as difficult as one might think, finding organic food. It's a booming industry and if you don't mind the higher prices farmers markets and organic markets are usually nearby.

Genevieve Santiago
Genevieve Santiago

Lucas, I think you are right to a certain extend. People have been knowingly, and unknowingly eating GMOs for years now in products, which they budget for, and love. Myself included. Personally, if I have a choice between two products, one which contains GMOs and one which does not, I'm going to grab the one that doesn't contain it. Despite probably consuming these things for the entirety for my life, I'm not going to continue this practice if I'm aware of my options then and there in the store. People do have the power to demand more information about their food. I know plenty of people like me, who will probably behave similarly in a supermarket. This can all really have an affect. This is why the "no" campaign has spent over $34 million to defeat this bill. There is something to be feared on their part. Maybe ours too.

Terri Harel
Terri Harel

I agree. The important thing about proposition 37 is that it could open a larger debate on food politics. I think there is a lot that the food lobbies hide from consumers, and it is important to start discussing their actions out in the open.

Genevieve Santiago
Genevieve Santiago

Wow, thank you for that list! Where would one locate such a comprehensive inventory?

Ian Dawes
Ian Dawes

I agree with you @tlharel that Prop. 37 will open the platform for addressing food industry policy. I think with something that affects us all (food consumption) we should take the time as California voters to read up on the hazards of Genetically Engineered food. Just Google it and start reading, yes it's going to affect that sector of the economy, but no long term testing has been done on the affects of GM food consumption in humans. One reason why so many other countries have banned GE foods from their shelves.