Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association and Governor Jay Inslee

No on I-522 money flooding in from out of state - Spin Control - - June 13, 2013:

“The biotech industry in Washington has enormous potential,” said Clay Siegall, President and CEO of Seattle Genetics, “Jay was a recognized leader on this issue in Congress because he understands this industry. With the right kind of leadership and the right kind of policies, Washington can become an important international hub for research and development, manufacturing and sales of these innovative new medicines and products. Jay will provide that leadership as governor.”

Is Governor Inslee undecided about I-522 and labeling genetically engineered foods? (KURW Oct. 9)

"The No on I-522 campaign was formed by the Washington Farm Bureau, which has contributed “in-kind” contributions of $1,610 for staff and meeting time. Until last month, all of the campaign’s contributions were in-kind, from the farm bureau and other northwest organizations like the Spokane-based Far West Agribusiness Association and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association of Seattle." (The Spokesman-Review)

Chris Rivera, Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association President and CEO:
“The long-term vision for the biotechnology industry is to heal, feed and fuel the world, and the only way we’re going to be able to take care of nine billion people by 2050 is through biology and biotechnology.”

Biotechnology Agriculture 
Genetically modified organisms are increasingly a topic of conversation in society, the media and the internet.  The many questions and answers are often charged with a lot of emotion ranging from optimism and excitement to skepticism and even fear. The biotech industry stands 100 percent behind the health and safety of the GMO crops on today’s market, but acknowledges that we haven’t always done the best job communicating about them. GMO Answers was created to answer your questions about how food is grown and to engage in a conversation. They invite people to “Join us. Ask tough questions. Be skeptical. Be open. We look forward to sharing answers.” (WWBA - Public Policies)

The WWBA supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade-agreement (TPP): Protect biotech in Trans-Pacific Partnership trade-agreement talks The U.S. should strengthen intellectual-property protection for biotech companies in negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, writes guest columnists Matt Morrison and Chris Rivera. (Seattle Times)


Maris Abelson (Facebook Post)

Gov. Inslee cosponsored bills on GM food labeling while he was in Congress. Why won't he support a labeling initiative in his own state?

Inslee co-sponsored Kucinich's 
H.R.2916 - Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act 108th Congress (2003-2004):

and the previous one:

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