If a majority of people in the state decide they want to have labeling they should have labeling.
But things like this should not be placed into a law because it has not been shown to be fact:
As a result, genetically engineered crops have caused hundreds of millions of pounds of additional herbicides to be applied to the nation's
farmland. The massive increase in use of these herbicides has caused emergence of herbicide-resistant weeds
Herbicide resistant weeds began
showing up before there were any GM crops.
Not sure what this has to do with it:
United States department of agriculture data shows Washington state ranks second in the nation for organic farm-gate sales at two hundred
eighty-one million dollars per year
Here's a bit of silliness:
Conventional farmers have a right to choose what crops they grow and many conventional farmers want to grow traditional crops developed without
genetic engineering. Identifying seeds and seed stock produced with genetic engineering would protect farmers' rights to know what they are purchasing
and protect their right to choose what they grow
Farmers that grow GM crops choose to grow GM crops. They intentionally buy GM seeds. And they do
so because they like the results they get from them.
But getting to the heart of the bill...
"Raw" products (like vegetables and fruit) must be labeled. That's fine. No problem there. Local farmers know what they are growing and selling.
In the case of any processed food, on the front of the package of such food produced by a manufacturer, with the words "partially produced with
genetic engineering" or "may be partially produced with genetic engineering" stated clearly and conspicuously
So, it won't really tell you
whether or not it contains GM material, just that it might. The manufacturers will be compelled to label their product per this thread:
In the case of any seed or seed stock, on the seed or seed stock container, sales receipt or any other reference to identification, ownership, or
possession, with the words "genetically engineered" or "produced with genetic engineering" stated clearly and conspicuously
Unnecessary as described above and in this thread: www.abovetopsecret.com...
So, who's responsible if a product is failed to be labeled and is found to contain GM material? The farmer in Iowa who grew the GM grain? The mill
that ground it? The broker? The trucker? The tortilla factory that used the corn? Or is it the local store that sold the unlabeled product?
The department, acting through the attorney general, may bring an action in a court of competent jurisdiction to enjoin any person violating this
Sort of vague, don't you think?
Thanks for your support, lets stick it to Monsanto and other greedy bio-tech industries.
More like, lets stick it to our neighborhood grocery store. This initiative ain't going to hurt Monsanto much but it's pretty clear from that section
about organic produce where it originated.
Doesn't seem like a very effective initiative. It's full of holes and unsupported claims. If it does pass, I don't think it would stand up in court as
written but good luck. Like I said, the people should be able to decide but doing it legally and fairly may not be as simple as putting a label on
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