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…

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…

Last month I wrote a news story along the lines that President Obama this spring signed House Resolution 933 after California voters last fall defeated Proposition 37 marked two big defeats for the GMO labeling crowd. HR 933 was dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” for its limiting federal courts from ordering genetically modified crops from…

Sunday’s end to the Washington State Legislature’s 105-day regular session means Evergreen State voters are going to decide whether genetically modified food should be labeled.  That’s because lawmakers in Olympia took no action on Initiative 522, Washington State’s version of  the “Right to Know” law California voters narrowly rejected last November. I-522 is an “Initiative…

With the defeat of California’s Proposition 37 last November and the recent signing of House Resolution 933, opponents of genetically modified foods are in bad need of a win. And with the state legislative season starting to wind down — 9 of the 50 states have already adjourned for the year—those who want food with…

The failed California Right to Know campaign says it will be back in 2014 with another ballot initiative for labeling genetically engineered foods. It lost last November when a majority of California voters opposed Proposition 37. In an email to its supporters and members, the six-member steering committee blamed their loss on being outspent by…

A state Senator from St. Louis has introduced a bill requiring the labeling of genetically modified meat and fish in Missouri. State Sen. Jemilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) introduced Senate Bill 155 this week. “While I understand that food production is an integral Missouri industry, I don’t feel the trend of biotechnology and genetically engineered foods…

As recently as last Fall, a now discredited French study threw a little scare mongering into California’s Proposition 37 campaign by depicting tumor growth in rats fed genetically modified (GM) corn. In as long as GM crops have stirred controversy, food safety has been among the issues coming in for attention. But now one of…

More than enough signatures were filed in Washington State, 24 hours before today’s deadline, to send an initiative to the Legislature that would require the labeling of genetically engineered foods sold at retail. If the Washington State Legislature does not adopt the measure, it will move on to the November general election ballot. Washington law…

William Strannix, the character Tommy Lee Jones played in 1992’s “Under Seige” was a rogue CIA agent who took over a retiring battleship for its cruise missiles. Tom Breaker was his handler back at Langley, setting up this exchange: Breaker: “Look, Bill, if this is about reliving the 60s, you can forget it, buddy. The…