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6 Reasons GMO Labeling Will Pass in Washington State

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On Jan. 4, activists in Washington State will deliver approximately 300,000 signatures to the state legislature to guarantee that a mandatory GMO labeling Initiative, I-522, will be on the ballot in November. Initial polling shows that Washington state voters will likely pass this ballot initiative, no matter how much money the biotech industry and large food corporations put into an anti-labeling campaign.

Giant biotech and junk food corporations, joined by major food processors and supermarket chains, poured more than $46 million dollars into a vicious dirty tricks campaign to defeat California's Prop 37, a citizens ballot initiative that would have required mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food ingredients. Their tactics included a relentless barrage of TV and radio ads falsely claiming GE food labels would raise grocery prices, hurt family farmers, and enrich trial lawyers. They unleashed "scientific" testimonials manufactured by phony front groups, and they mailed counterfeit voter guides.

A statewide pre-election eve poll conducted by Lake Research found that the Biotech Behemoth's "No on 37" propaganda campaign successfully confused many Californians. As of Nov. 5, the day before the election, the majority of Californians stated that they still supported mandatory labeling of GE foods. But a critical mass, especially the 40% who voted early by absentee ballot, said they were willing to give up their right to know what was in their food if mandatory GE labels might  increase food costs, expand the size and power of state bureaucrats, harm family farmers or unfairly benefit trial lawyers and other "special interests." 

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