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AGRIBUSINESS: Efforts To Require GMO Labeling Continue

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A bill has been introduced in the New Mexico Senate that would require the labeling of any food or commercial animal feed that contains more than one-percent genetically modified material by weight.

Unlike Proposition 37 - which failed during the 2012 election in California - the measure will not be placed on a ballot for voters in the state. Instead - it will move through the committee process and then - if passed by the New Mexico Senate - will go to the state House.

In Washington - voters could have a chance to vote on a measure to require special labeling of genetically modified foods. The measure’s sponsors turned in petitions signed by an estimated 350,000 registered voters - all but assuring the GMO-labeling initiative will be certified by the Washington Secretary of State and sent on to the state legislature. The legislature could then either pass a labeling law or leave it to a popular vote on the election ballot this November. If adopted by the legislature or approved by the voters - Washington would become the first U.S. state to require all genetically modified seeds used by farmers as well as food with genetically altered ingredients be labeled as such.