Re "Tractors changed farms, and America's way of life" (Viewpoints, Forum, Aug. 25): David Mas Masumoto stated that the controversial Proposition 37 to require labeling of genetically modified foods was defeated by the urban vote and that more and more, policy decisions for agriculture are determined by "city folks."
However, those voting to defeat the initiative were largely from rural counties. A map at ucbiotech.org clearly shows that majority "yes" votes on Prop 37 were concentrated in the urban areas around San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Monterey as well as the rural northwestern counties along the coast. All of the counties in the agricultural Central Valley voted "no" and this was the final outcome of the contest. In this case, a major policy decision affecting agriculture was not determined by "city folks" but rather by voters in the rural counties.
-- Kent J. Bradford, Davis