Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Washington state will not label GMO foods | Natural Healing News

Washington state will not label GMO foods | Natural Healing News:

Grass-roots efforts to label foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the state of Washington failed at the polls on November 5. Initiative 522 would have taken effect in 2015 and it would have mandated labels on the front of food packaging. Genetically engineered produce and meat from genetically engineered animals and fish also would have been labeled.

With 1.6 million votes cast in the state of Washington, roughly 51 percent were against labeling, while 48 percent were for labeling. In 2012, a similar effort to label GMOs in California failed by a margin of 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent

Rachel Linden, director of GMO Free Arizona (, said, “America is waking up, state by state. The Washington state outcome is more a reflection of the power of the advertising dollar than what is right for the consumer. But the pro-labeling campaigns also need to rethink their approach. I saw this happen in California and play out again in Washington state: The official campaign to label runs with one message — your right to know.

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