"GMO Labeling a Hot Ballot Fight in Washington State"

"OLYMPIA, Washington -- With one day before the election in Washington State, grassroots organization Food Democracy Now! is urging its 650,000 members and citizens everywhere to make calls urging voters to support Yes on 522, a ballot initiative that would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms."

"Initiative 522 is a measure before Washington voters on the November 5 ballot, requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, seeds and seed products. These are foods that have genes from a different species inserted into their DNA, like a corn plant with genes from a bacterium.

Polls have shows that a majority of Washingtonians support the ballot initiative. If voters back the measure, Washington would be the first state to require GMO labeling with no strings attached."

Environment News Service had the story November 4, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Out-Of-State Cash Drives Washington State Ballot Initiatives" (Seattle Times)

"Washington could be the first state to require labels on GMOs. Here are the stakes." (Washington Post Wonkblog)

"Ballot measure to label GMO foods is a tossup in Washington State" (Christian Science Monitor)

"GMO Labeling Battle Consumes Washington State" (Politico)

Analysis: "Food Fight: Vote on GMOs Could Alter U.S. Food System" (Reuters blog)

"GMO Food Fight Brings in Big Bucks in Washington State" (Aljazeera America)

"Poll: GMO Labeling Initiative ‘Too Close to Call’ in Washington State" (Food Safety News)

"Washington State Fight Over Gmo Labeling Is Expensive And Polarizing" (Washington Post)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013