Washington’s Food Fight: The Debate Over GMO Labels

The labeling debate for biotech foods is heating up, and nowhere more so than in Washington State, where consumers will soon be voting on Initiative 522, which would make GMO labels mandatory. TVW, Washington’s public affairs network, aired a documentary examining the issue yesterday. They interviewed a number of consumers, stakeholders and farmers on both sides of the debate, including our own president Neal Carter (particularly 33-39mins into the video). The hour long film is publicly available online, free of cost, on their website and directly below. Additionally, we encourage you to read more about our position on labeling, and
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Mandatory labeling is misleading

Even with California’s Proposition 37 failing last November (for good reason), mandatory labeling of biotech foods remains a hot topic. New labeling initiatives are underway in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and several other states. While some of the language in these initiatives differs from that of Prop-37, the true motivation behind them is the same: unnecessarily scaring consumers away from biotech foods. While we support transparency with consumers, which is what the “Right to Know” camp boasts is their noble purpose, simply slapping a “GMO” label onto food does not provide any meaningful information. What’s even worse, for a campaign centered on the idea of public education, they
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