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GMO Labeling Battle — Is Your State Next?

GMO Labeling Battle — Is Your State Next?

Washington State is fighting its own GMO labeling battle. Washingtonians will soon vote on Initiative 522, a measure that has the power to require GMO labels in Washington by 2015. Inspired by the close vote on California’s Prop 37, supporters of I-522 are doing everything they can to pass the GMO labeling initiative in November.

GMO labeling standards are gaining momentum around the globe. Labeling has faced opposition in the United States due in part to Big Food companies expressing their anti-labeling views. There are more than 60 countries worldwide that require foods produced through genetic engineering to be labeled. Many of those countries also have restrictions on the amount, if any at all, of GMO foods that can be imported. Limits on exports are one of the many reasons supporters feel I-522 is so important.

Agriculture is a major part of the Washington economy; in fact, agricultural products are Washington’s second highest export after products from Boeing and before Microsoft. Farmers are concerned that without GMO labeling, their products will no longer be accepted by countries that legally require GMOs to be labeled.

If I-522 passes, food companies would have until 2015 to make the necessary changes to their labels. Supporters of the measure feel this is ample time to make the changes, and it shouldn’t cause the price of the items with updated labels to rise. According to the Yes on 522 Frequently Asked Questions page, “label updates are a routine part of business for the food industry and should not result in additional costs to shoppers.”

The idea that changing labels would make the cost of food rise is a common argument against GMO labeling, though many feel the argument doesn’t hold up. Changing labels shouldn’t be much of an inconvenience. In fact, Whole Foods, who has come out in their support of I-522, has stated that it will soon require all of its products to be labeled if they contain GMOs.

Supporters of I-522 are also concerned with the impact GMO crops and other products have on the environment. Some evidence supports the idea that GMO crops encourage the evolution of pesticide-resistant pests and that the crops don’t necessarily stay where they are planted, which can put other crops at risk of being overgrown. Other concerns are based simply on consuming food that is not natural, and many worry about the health risks. For more information, or to show support for Yes on I-522, visit the movement’s webpage.

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7:23PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

They ought to...

10:14AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Bill, you're on your own, kiddo. Not surprisingly, yet a new anti-GMO article was just posted.
A different field to plow, maybe a new mind that might want to think for itself.
Why do they all think that we're trying to influence them and change their minds? It seems to me all we keep trying to say is to be objective and make informed decisions.
Take care!!

6:44PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

Mike you make a lot of assumptions and not many are correct.
The 'BT' in plants is a protein not the bacteria.
the protein was the only part that was put in the plant, carefully so only the part that was deadly to a few insects was in the plant not the part in the bacteria that is harmful to humans.
And i have never received any $ from Monsanto or any other company involved in genetic improvement to plants.
i do buy those products from those companies IF it is an improvement which will give me better yields or less need to use poisons to protect the crops and a better bottom line.
I also grow some crops for markets that specifically want non GMO product. I receive a premium for those crops to entice me to grow them and keep everything separate and documented.
the extra cost to label is not the label but all the additional costs to manage the product and for no value.
just like 'organic food' extra cost for no value.
That is why I say label the non GMO and those who wish to pay extra for that service can support the cost and the rest of the people, the majority, will get their food cheaper with less cost.

5:48PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

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Washingtonians, Monsanto and DuPont have already spent eleven million dollars to get you to agree to eat their laboratory experiments. Imagine how many labels one could buy for $11,000,000. Use your head when you see the night and day ads. Here in California they told us that we would all pay an extra $150 per year for groceries if we had a label on our food the size of the sticker that's already on every apple orange and banana in California.

Peel one of those stickers off of an apple, look at it, and then ask yourself: "How many of these could I buy for eleven million dollars?"

Ever notice that the Monsanto trolls seem to answer every single Comment instantly? Albeit with nonsense, but instantly. It's like they don't have to go to work, mow the lawn or feed the kids. That's cause they don't. They ARE at work.

JUST LABEL IT!

5:47PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

Bill A. "BT is a bacteria which 'organic' growers able to use by spreading it around, over and on their crops so it is in the ground and on the produce etc. probably even in it."

So, Bill A, with organic food when I wash it the Bt goes down the drain, and with the GMOs, I eat the Bt, metabolize it, poop it out, and when I flush the toilet, it goes down the drain, so I see your logic now! I've had an epiphany! Eureka!

You're saying "They both go down the drain."

See that's why Monsanto pays you trolls the big bucks. Because you're sooooooo much smarter than me.

Now that you've shown me what a dummy I am to think that washing something off a vegetable is somehow different than eating, digesting and pooping it, tell me, tell me: "What F'n difference does your pretzel logic make?

JUST LABEL IT!

Washingtonians, Monsanto and DuPont have already spent eleven million dollars to get you to agree to eat their laboratory experiments. Imagine how many labels one could buy for $11,000,000. Use your head when you see the night and day ads. Here in California they told us that we would all pay an extra $150 per year for groceries if we had a label on our food the size of the sticker that's already on every apple orange and banana in California.

Peel one of those stickers off of an apple, look at it, and then ask yourself: "How many of these could I buy for eleven million dollars?"

Ever notice that the Monsanto trolls seem to answer every single Comment instantly?

6:50PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Hey Mike, some home work for you.
BT is a bacteria which 'organic' growers able to use by spreading it around, over and on their crops so it is in the ground and on the produce etc. probably even in it.
Now the natural bacteria have insecticide properties and some of those properties are harmful to humans.
In Genetically Modified crops the gene of the BT is used to give the crop only the insecticidal property to kill some insects that are susceptible to it and the part that is harmful to humans is not expressed by the plant.
That is why they label crops as 'organic' so you can make the choice to eat the bacteria with the harmful part or not.
Do some reading.

6:25PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

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We're not saying that your daddy, Monsanto, needs to stick on a label that says: "We attached Bacillus Thuringiensis to the DNA of this carrot, so not only will you get some vitamin "A" when you eat this carrot, but if a Lepidoptera or Coleoptera bites you he or she will curl up and die in writhing agony because the Bacillus Thuringiensis will be gnawing on her or his stomach, duodenum, jejunum, ileum, cecum, sigmoid.

Just label it! It's cheap. It's easy, and if you don't do it we'll put it on the ballot again in California, and you can bring another FORTY SIX MILLION DOLLARS from your Monsanto piggy bank to California, and hand it to the TV, radio and newspaper media of our State. Jobs, jobs, jobs.

Coincidentally, the sigmoid is where GMO trolls get their factoids.

6:20PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

No, Barbara D., I didn't mean to say like I veterinarians had altered genetic sequencing. No, I meant that on advice from a veterinarian I actually put flea drops on my Oz. I found out later that the drops work by entering the blood stream and when the flea bites my buddy, the flea dies.

While flea drops are not genetic mutations, you'll have to admit with your VAST knowledge of genetic biology that is is possible to attach an organic pesticide to my buddy's DNA and have his little ball-chasing body replicate the mutation exponentially. Unthinkable!

However, in deference and fealty to your vastly superior cerebrum, I have to say that I don't want the Bt Bacteria attached to the molecules of my carrots either. Therefore, if Monsanto is making its money by turning my carrots into carriers of a poisonous bacteria that kills potato beetles and corn borers, I would like them to label the their tweaked carrots before placing them next to the carrots we inherited from hundreds of thousands of years of evolution, (or from the Garden of Eden - if semantics is your hang up).

Just label it.

And no, when an apple is not genetically tweaked, it doesn't need to be labeled, because it's "An Apple". Whereas, the Frankenfood is a patented, for-profit, laboratory experiment with no pre-marketing testing, other than a couple of decades of testing on unknowing, human lab rats from the supermarket.

All we're asking for is a teeny tiny little label that says "GMO."

We're not sa

5:44PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Thanks

2:08PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Barbara you hit the nail on the head when you say you have read up on it from actual authorities that understand the topic. Too many have not done that simple thing.
Just repeating someone who is against it just because they are against it is not helping anyones ability to understand what all is involved.
There seems to be a big hate thing for one company no matter how good the science is behind it and a lack of unbiased study of the subject.

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