A bill that would have required labeling on food that contains genetically modified organisms fell short of the votes needed to stay alive in the state Senate on Thursday.
"It’s just about information and consumer choice," said Sen.
However, the vote on the bill was 19-16, two votes short of the majority needed for passage, after some Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the measure.
The failure of the bill disappointed consumer and environmental groups that had backed the measure.
"It is unfortunate that the California Senate did not allow this measure to move forward," said Garo Manjikian, legislative advocate for CalPIRG. "Consumers have real concerns about the impact of GMOs. Despite the fact that a majority of Californians support labeling, big agribusinesses and the biotech industry lobbied heavily to defeat this bill."