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The citizens of Washington State have voted against a bill that would have required the labeling of genetically altered foods, according to preliminary ballot results.
Tuesday’s ballots saw 35 counties out of 39 vote against the legislation backed by environmentalists. Counties Whatcom, King, Jefferson and San Juan were the only ones to vote for the labeling of GMO products.
Supporters of the bill were severely outgunned in the campaign faced by corporate opposition from the likes of Monsanto, Pepsi and Nestle.
The multinationals invested a total of $22 million in convincing the state’s constituents they should vote against the mandatory labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients.
Proponents of labeling genetically modified food have raised more than $7 million. Some of that money has come from advocacy groups such as the Center for Food Safety and companies such as Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, which has given more than $2 million. But the rest has come from thousands of individual donors.
Meanwhile, the No on 522 campaign has raised more than $22 million from a far smaller pool of donors, records show. They include biotech and agricultural giants such as Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Bayer CropScience and BASF Plant Science, which play key roles in developing and selling seeds for genetically engineered crops. By far, the largest backer of the anti-labeling campaign has been the GMA, which, after being sued by the Washington attorney general for allegedly violating state disclosure laws, agreed last month to release the names of donors funding the effort. They include Coca-Cola, Kellogg and NestleUSA.
Organic all the way - even if you have to grow it yourself.
Are you effing insane?
reply to post by MysterX
Are you effing insane?
Just so you know? No, I'm not. What I'm seeing is the other side of this issue. That's the farmers who don't use GMO products, and there are more of them then you might think. ...and the consumers such as myself who are fully capable of doing the research necessary, and don't need a nanny/babysitter. Who do you think is going to ultimately pay the price for the increase in prices of food? Two guesses, and the first one doesn't count.
I suspect that if this doesn't pass, the legislature here, in a fit of self righteousness, will pass some sort of law to do it anyway. Totally contrary to the wishes of the people of the state...but whatever, right?