Saturday, January 19, 2013

Farmers feel label fatigue |

Ellen Gray, whose Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network is part of the coalition behind the petition drive, said that 49 countries have restrictions on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. She said labels would protect the state's agricultural export market.

"This isn't about whether GMOs are good or bad, it's about being in an international marketplace," she said.
Washington farmers would be hard pressed to find where the lack of such a mandate has harmed their ability to sell their goods on the international market.

John Stuhlmiller, the Farm Bureau's director of government relations, points out that Washington is the third-largest exporter of foodstuffs in the United States. Those exports are worth $15 billion a year.

Farmers feel label fatigue |

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