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Will Prop 37 cost California agriculture $1.2 billion?

| September 11, 2012

Proposition 37 would result in $1.2 billion in higher costs for farmers and food processors, higher prices for consumers and a crush of costly regulations with no benefits, according to a new study by two University of California, Davis, agricultural economics professors.

“The proposed regulations have no basis in science and impose rules that would have significant costs for food producers, processors and marketers, and ultimately for consumers, while providing misinformation and no demonstrable benefits,” University of California, Davis, Agricultural and Resource Economics professors Julian Alston and Daniel Sumner conclude in a study released today.

Proposition 37 is a food labeling measure that would ban the sale of tens of thousands of safe, common grocery products only in California unless they are specially repackaged, relabeled or made with higher cost ingredients. This new, 48-page report from researchers at one of the world’s top agricultural universities conclusively reveals that Proposition 37 threatens California’s economy and ability to compete with other states, and would impose costs directly on shoppers, farmers, manufacturers, seed companies, grocers and workers.

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