AGRIBUSINESS: Washington State To Vote On GMO Labeling Initiative

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Voters in Washington State next week will vote on a ballot initiative that would require the labeling of products containing GMOs.

If passed, the law would go into effect July 1, 2015.  Many companies have contributed to the campaign against the law, dubbed initiative 522.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association said they are against the law because it is complex, costly and misleading.  They argue that the initiative will raise grocery costs for consumers in the state, saying that labeling GMO’s will construe them as different, unsafe or unhealthy.  Literature over the past 20 years has not shown evidence that GMOs negatively impact human health.

Authors of the GMO labeling initiative said mixing genes between life forms and viruses is dangerous and unpredictable.