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Soda will become more expensive in Berkeley, California after citizens there voted on Nov. 4 to impose a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Proponents of Measure D said soda is the largest source of added sugar in America’s diet and is linked to an increased risk for such diseases as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. The beverage industry is opposed to taxes on soda, citing a lack of support for the measures.
San Francisco rejected a ballot measure to tax sodas and other drinks. A campaign against Proposition E said the initiative would have imposed a 2 cents per ounce tax on hundreds of beverages, including juice drinks, iced teas and sports drinks. The measure would have added 40 cents to the cost of a bottle of soda and nearly $3.00 to the cost of a 12-pack, according to the anti-tax campaign.
Colorado and Oregon voters rejected ballot measures that would require labels on genetically engineered food. According to the news agency Reuters, opponents of the labeling put more than $36 million into campaigns to defeat the two initiatives, several times more than the amounts raised by proponents of the measures in Colorado ($895,000) and Oregon ($8 million). However, recent media reports said the Oregon ballot measure was likely headed for a recount—keeping hopes alive for labeling advocates.
Citizens in Maui County, Hawaii voted to temporarily ban genetically engineered crops. Monsanto, the agriculture biotechnology giant, said it plans to challenge the Maui measure in court. The initiative would ban the growth, testing or cultivation of genetically engineered crops in Maui until an environmental and public health study can demonstrate that they are safe, according to the Center for Food Safety.
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