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. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), who introduced SB 1381.
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.
Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) said the bill is “overkill,” and would undermine worldwide efforts to develop crops and other food to prevent starvation in developing countries. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)...