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Senate Bill Proposes GE Labeling in California

Remember California’s Proposition 37? It was the 2012 ballot initiative that would have required genetically engineered (GE) food sold in California to be labeled as such. Prop. 37 would have also prohibited GE foods sold in California from being labeled “natural.” This aspect of the initiative got less attention, but would have had significant repercussions… Continue Reading

GE Salmon, Apples Keep Genetic Labeling On Legislative Menu in Olympia

Usually the Washington Legislature will steer clear – at least for a while – of a topic voters have settled in a recent initiative. That unwritten rule might ordinarily keep bills for labeling genetically modified food off the table for a while since voters narrowly nixed that idea in deciding against Initiative 522. House Bill… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Rural Voters Veto GMO Labeling (Again)


There are not many people or voters in rural counties, but there sure are a lot of rural counties. In Garfield County in Washington state, almost 82 percent of the voters rejected Initiative 522, the measure that would have required labels of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Indeed, the rural counties of Washington voted… Continue Reading

Gap Closing on GMO Labeling Vote in Washington, But Will It Reverse?

A number of news organizations in Washington state and nationwide have already called the vote against I-522, the state’s ballot initiative for labeling food from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But since the vote was called late Tuesday night, the gap has closed by four percentage points, from a 55-45 percent spread to 53-47. The Yes… Continue Reading

Washington State Voters Turn Down GMO Labeling Law

Voters in Washington state have rejected I-522, the ballot initiative to label foods made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). After a second day of vote tallying, Yes on 522 still trails 45.9 percent to 54.1 percent, and a turnaround does not look likely. A total of 1,170,842 votes have been counted on the measure. Because… Continue Reading

Washington State’s GMO Labeling Initiative Appears Headed for Defeat

With all of Washington state’s counties reporting in late Tuesday night, voters appear to be turning down ballot initiative I-522, which would require labeling food made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The complete vote results may not be available until December, but nearly 1 million voters have already turned down the initiative by 55 percent… Continue Reading

Effort to Hide Corporations Opposing GE Food Labeling Lands in Court


This editorial originally appeared on the blog of the Center for Food Safety on Oct. 15. Oct. 16 update: The Washington State attorney general’s office has filed a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association, stating that the trade group “illegally collected and spent more than $7 million while shielding the identity of its contributors” to… Continue Reading

GM Alfalfa Seed Incident Could Spice Up Washington State’s I-522 Campaign

Genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed, possibly mislabeled, may become an issue in the final weeks of the Initiative 522 campaign in Washington state. I-522 would require any foods offered for retail sale that were produced with genetically engineered ingredients be labeled as such beginning in July 2015. Here’s what happened. Around Labor Day, a broker… Continue Reading