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State GMO Labeling Initiatives Are Changing the Game

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Genetic Engineering page and our Millions Against Monsanto page.

On November 5, residents of Washington State cast their votes on a law to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) foods. As of this writing, it appears the vote fell just a hair short of passing, losing 49%-51%.

Just like California last year, the pesticide industry and the junk food manufacturers spent tens of millions of dollars, setting a record for the most money ever on a campaign in the state of Washington.

They certainly DO NOT want you to know what is in your food, and they are willing to put up big bucks to keep it that way.

This is despite the fact that many of these companies already sell non-GMO versions of their products to overseas markets that either don't permit genetically engineered ingredients, or that label all genetically engineered foods... America is more or less the only major market left wide open for GE foods, which is why they're fighting tooth and nail to keep it that way.

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The proponents of Initiative 522 raised about $8.4 million for the campaign to label GMOs; $2.6 million of which was raised within the state. Meanwhile, the opposition poured more than $22 million into their campaign, but only $550 was donated within Washington State.     
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