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Update: Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods

Written by  Team SCPA

 

UPDATED Nov. 17, 2013

Washington state 'Yes on 522' campaign to label Gentically Engineered foods is defeated -- for now.

FINAL RESULTS of November 5, 2013 vote: Yes on 522 is defeated: No votes 51% / Yes votes 49%

ISSUE WILL BE BACK IN 2016!
Yes on 522 won 49% of the vote despite 'all-time low turnout' and massive spending by opponents of labeling GMO. Yes on 522 will be back in 2016 with a Washington State ballot measure to label GMO. 2014 vote sets the stage for winning in 2016.
http://yeson522.com/press-releases/yes-on-522-projects-winning-49-support-despite-all-time-low-turnout-eyes-2016-for-next-washington-state-ballot-measure-to-label-gmo/

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90 percent of New Hampshire voters favor 'Right to Know'

http://fooddemocracynow.org/blog/2013/nov/5/new_poll_finds_90_percent_NH_voters_loveGMO_labels/

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Washington state 'Yes on 522' 

Hundreds of thousands of votes still being counted

Nov. 6, 2013

SEATTLE— There are too many votes that have not been counted for this race to be called. Hundreds of thousands of votes have yet to be counted. Additionally, Washington Secretary of State is currently reporting that over 300,000 votes still have to be counted. KOMO News 4 in Seattle even noted that there were more votes to be counted and results are not yet final.
“This race is not over yet,” said Delana Jones, Campaign Manager for Yes on 522. “Due to Washington State’s vote-by-mail system, there are hundreds of thousands of votes still to be counted. Please stay tuned. More results will be available after 6pm Pacific.”

Quick Facts on 522:
• Washington will be the first state to implement labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.
• More than 353,000 Washingtonians signed to get this placed as an Initiative to the Legislature.
• Yes on 522 has raised $7.8 million to date from over 15,000 donors. The majority of Yes on 522’s donors are from the state of Washington.
• I-522′s implementation date is July 1, 2015, which gives food & seed manufacturers 18 months to start labeling.
• 64 other countries already label genetically engineered foods. The U.S. is one of the few industrialized countries that does not label GE foods.
• Just like Alaska’s law to label GE seafood (it passed in 2005), I-522 would label GE salmon, which is highly likely to receive FDA approval later this year.

http://yeson522.com/

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See videos for 'Yes of 522' in Washington state

http://yeson522.com/video/

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GMO food fight brings big bucks in Washington state

…Labeling opponents have raised more than $21 million, the vast majority of which has been donated by biotech companies, including Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer, and members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). The sum is the most ever spent to defeat a ballot initiative in the Evergreen State...

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/28/food-fight-bringsinthebigbucksinwashingtonstate.html

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SHARE THIS! GMO labeling -- Who is for + Who is against

A list of companies and brand names that donated $ to defeat labeling of genetically engineered foods -- and a list of those who supported labeling of food ingredients

http://www.inspirationgreen.com/vote-yes-on-37.html

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Endorsements supporting 'Right to Know' campaign in California

Endorsers include: Most of the major health, faith, labor, environmental and consumer groups in California, including the California Nurses Association, California Democratic Party, California Labor Federation, United Farm Workers, American Public Health Association, Consumers Union, California Council of Churches IMPACT, Sierra Club, Whole Foods Market, Natural Resources Defense Council, Organic Consumers Association, Center for Food Safety, Consumer Federation of America, Pesticide Action Network, Center for Food Safety, Environmental Working Group, Breast Cancer Fund, Mercola Health Resources, Public Citizen, MoveOn and Food Democracy Now!

http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

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Nov. 2012: Proposition 37 + 'Right to Know' campaign

Big food industry defeated Proposition 37 in California in November 2012 -- but the fight was a giant step forward in the Right to Know war to disclose what's in the food we eat.

http://www.carighttoknow.org/electionstatement

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LINKS

RIGHT TO KNOW CAMPAIGN
http://www.carighttoknow.org/

FOOD DEMOCRACY NOW!
'More than 650,000 farmers and citizens dedicated to building a sustainable food system...
http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/

GMO FOOD WATCH, MONSANTO'S HISTORY...
News + commentary on genetically modified foods, Monsanto, and...
http://www.gmwatch.org/

ORGANIC CONSUMERS FUND
Focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action to promote organic and sustainable food and farming...
http://organicconsumersfund.org/

LINKS TO CAMPAIGNS AROUND THE WORLD
http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php/links

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