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Chemical companies and food processers have spent $44 million to defeat Proposition 37 on next week's ballot. It would require the labeling of genetically engineered food. Recent polls show a measure that once led 2 to 1 is now dead even or somewhat behind. Do Californians have a right to know what's in the food they eat and feed to their children?  Is there any evidence that genetically modified food is harmful? Would compulsory labeling drive up the cost? We hear from both sides. Also, Prop 39 would repeal a law that allows multistate businesses to choose how they're taxed in California. New revenues would go to alternative energy projects. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Superstorm Sandy and FEMA

You can find all our national political coverage at KCRW.com/election2012, and our local political coverage at KCRW.com/californiaelections.

Banner image: Pico Farmers' Market in Santa Monica. Photo by NH567/flickr

Producers:
Evan George
Anna Scott
Caitlin Shamberg

Main Topic Superstorm Sandy and FEMA 24 MIN, 26 SEC

Image-for-WWLA.jpgSuperstorm Sandy has FEMA back in the headlines, with potential consequences for the Presidential campaign.  What does FEMA really do? What are the benefits and risks for the Obama campaign? Is Mitt Romney being pushed under the bus by the Republican Governor of devastated New Jersey?

Guests:
Devlin Barrett, Wall Street Journal (@DevlinBarrett)
David Paulison, Command Consulting Group
Matt Mayer, Heritage Foundation (@ohiomatt)
Kathleen Tierney, University of Colorado at Boulder

Main Topic Prop 37: Did 44 Million Dollars Make the Difference? 18 MIN, 33 SEC

Proposition 37 would require food producers, grocers and other retailers to label genetically engineered food sold in California. If they failed or refused, they could be taken to court. The Organic Consumers Fund, Nature's Path Foods and others have raised about $7 million to support Prop. 37. Opponents, including Monsanto, Dupont, DOW AgroSciences and brand-name food processors have raised $44 million against it. The measure that once led by a margin of 2 to 1 is now even or trailing in recent polls. KCRW producer Evan George talked to registered voters at a Vons supermarket in Echo Park and got a range of opinions.

Guests:
Andrew Kimbrell, Center for Food Safety
Kathy Fairbanks, No on 37

Your Right to Know

Andrew Kimbrell

Reporter's Notebook Prop 39 Poised to Change the Tax Code 7 MIN, 16 SEC

Proposition 39 was put on the ballot by San Francisco hedge fund manager Tom Steyer. He's bankrolled the campaign with $22 million. It would repeal a law passed in a late-night session of the state legislature that lets multi-state companies choose how they'll be taxed in California. Getting rid of that law would raise about one billion dollars in new revenue. Evan Halper is Bureau Chief in Sacramento for the LA Times.

Guests:
Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)

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