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Election 2012: California Turns Down GMO Labels and More

November 7, 2012
By: Nate Birt, Top Producer Deputy Managing Editor

Voters decided a number of ballot initiatives related to agriculture Tuesday. Here’s a recap of how they fared. 

In California, voters appeared set to reject Proposition 37, which would have required food that contains genetically modified ingredients to be labeled accordingly, the San Francisco Chronicle says.  About 53 percent of people opposed the measure with about 90 percent of precincts reporting, CattleNetwork.com reports.

In North Dakota, voters approved Constitutional Measure 3, which aims to protect the rights of farmers and ranchers, the Secretary of State’s Office reports. Also in North Dakota, voters were expected to reject Measure No. 5, an initiative that supporters said would criminalize certain kinds of animal cruelty and that opponents said might hurt people in agriculture. That’s according to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

Meanwhile in Maine, voters approved a bond package intended to help preserve farmland, among other activity, ABC 7-TV and FOX Bangor reports. 

In Arkansas, voters turned down a proposal to legalize medical marijuana, KAIT 8-TV reports. Meanwhile, voters in Colorado and Washington approved measures to authorize recreational marijuana, Courier-Journal.com reports.

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