Petition in Support of Proposition 37 Endorsed by 100+ Chefs

Filed under: Bites & Bits , Author: Caron Golden , October 25, 2012

Alice Waters, restaurateur, author and owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., has called on her fellow chefs nationwide to join her in supporting California’s Proposition 37—The Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act—that requires clear labels letting consumers know if foods are genetically engineered.

In her recent letter, posted at, Waters urged her colleagues and friends to stand together as chefs, restaurateurs and people who care about food to support Proposition 37, saying, “On November 6th, the future of food is at stake at the ballot box … this is our moment to do something really important for everyone on this planet … People around the world are watching to see how we respond.”

More than 100 chefs joined Waters’ call for support and have endorsed the petition, with more joining the effort daily, including such well-known chefs as Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Joyce Goldstein, Deborah Madison, Jacques Pépin, Charles Phan and Nora Pouillon.

The petition in support of Proposition 37 states:

As chefs, we are on the frontlines of feeding America and we have an enormous stake in ensuring transparency in our food system. It is our duty to nourish our guests, both in body and soul. However, we can’t prepare the best food we know how when information about the ingredients we purchase is hidden from us with labels that are missing basic facts. This includes foods that are genetically engineered or contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

While Proposition 37 does not require restaurants to label their food as genetically engineered, it provides chefs the ability to knowingly source ingredients made without GMOs.

Fifty countries around the world—representing more than 40% of the world’s population—already require GMO labeling, including all of Europe, Japan, India and China. Polls show that more than 90% of Americans want to know if their food is genetically engineered.

For more information about the chefs’ petition to support Proposition 37, visit For more info about the measure itself, visit

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