GMO Labeling, The Next Generation

I-522 GMO labeling Washington

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.

Fooducate Profile Screen GMO label

  • The Candid RD

    I dunno….sometimes I feel like ignorance is bliss. That’s awful, I realize, but I think if companies start labeling their food with GMOs, people (who are uninformed) will stop buying them, and those companies will suffer. Another side is that those that are GMO-Free will increase in price, then only the “rich will prosper”…..I have such mixed reactions and opinions on this. I still don’t think GMOs are completely bad….but at the same time I don’t like them and don’t want to know I am eating them! This one is tough. I mean, in reality, we can assume they are in just about everything.

    • Shimmy Justabit

      Those companies you speak of are major monopolies who already own a major chunk of the food supply. It is cheaper for them to produce using GMO crops, and they are all about saving each and every penny. The only reason non-GMOs aren’t cheaper is because they are now considered rare, and disappearing altogether.. not only due to cross-pollination, but also due to the fact that major producers of GMOs (Monsanto, DuPont, etc.) are suing small-time heirloom farmers out of house and home in order to corner the entire market on food. It is ALLLL.. about money. Not health. Not nutrition, or feeding the hungry. (We have enough food to feed the world three times over, but most of it is wasted.)
      Consider also – US food *and* drug companies are “monitored” by the same government agency – of course, the FDA. The FDA has a vested interest in keeping consumers going to their doctors for more prescription drugs. Why? Drugs cost far more than food, and the FDA receives *loads* of lobbying money to stroke the backs of the richest food and pharm companies.
      Also consider that there has been a revolving door between the government-run FDA, and the major food and pharmaceutical industries…Lwho was Monsanto’s former Vice President for Public Policy.ook at the current FDA commissioner, Michael R. Taylor -

  • Jillian

    On the other hand, the greater demand for GMO foods will probably lead to an increase to supply as well, evening out the high prices that markets usually charge for specialty foods. One thing I’ve noticed is that the big-chain supermarket in my city is stocking rice/quinoa breads now. At $3.99 a loaf, it isn’t exactly a bargain when you consider that you can snatch up regualr wheat bread at $0.96, but it’s heartening to see big box stores starting to stock the more alternativ options.

  • James Cooper

    To quote Lynas himself, “We no longer need to discuss whether or not it is safe – over a decade and a half with three trillion GM meals eaten there has never been a single substantiated case of harm.” This is pretty conclusive proof.

    • Fooducate

      How many trillions of cups of soda did people drink with cyclamates or saccharin until they were banned in the US?

      • Dana

        Yeah, but there’s been plenty of studies that show soda is just plain bad for you. Several decades of GMO production, and nuddin’.

        • TechNyou

          The blog is correct in that we don’t know what the long-term health effects might be of GM food. Equally, however, Fooducate or anyone else are unable to show if non_GM food has any long-term health effects. Each year we bring out new cultivars of fruits, cereals, oil seds, etc that have been bred by mutagenesis, hybrisation techniques, embryo rescue, etc. All these techniques produce unpredicatable genetic changes or introduce unknown genes. None are tested, and we have no idea if there are any long-term health effects. Jason, Manager TechNyou, University of Melbourne

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