Seventy two percent of consumers in the state of Washington have indicated that they would like to know if their food is genetically modified or not. And about 350,000 of them have signed a petition to include GMO labeling in November 2013′s popular vote in the state. That’s 100,000 more than legally required.
So if all goes well, in November Washington will become the first state to mandate all foods with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled. Read more about I-522 “The People’s Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act” here.
As you recall, in the recent November elections, voters in California were manipulated into voting Nay on proposition 37, which would have required similar labeling. Up to 3 months before the elections, it seemed like prop 37 would pass by a landslide. But over $40 million in advertising lies on TV convinced Californians to say nay. We were duped to thinking that the labeling requirement would increase food costs for families by hundreds of dollars a year.
So will Washingtonians fare any better?
It’s going to be an uphill battle, that’s for sure. Another blow to the anti-GMO movement came from an unexpected direction. Mark Lynas, a world renowned environmental activist, who for years campaigned against GMO crops recently had a very public turn of heart.
Fooducate’s position on GMOs – science has yet to prove that GMO is safe in the long term for humans. We just don’t know. In the meantime, can we at least have the opportunity to decide what to buy and feed our kids by reading the product’s label?
Until we do get GMOs labeled, we have introduced a free feature into the Fooducate apps and website – registered users can opt to be warned when a product they view contains GMOs. Read more about it here.