GMO Food Fight Continues: I-522 Label it Washington
Although a GMO labeling law narrowly lost in California, the fight has been renewed in Washington state.
I-522 the People's Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act would require mandatory labeling of GMOs. The initiative is gathering signatures; 241,153 valid signatures are required by 12/31/12.
We have a right to know what's in our food.
We have the right to an informed choice.
Polls consistently show that the vast majority of the public, typically more than ninety percent, wants to know if their food was produced using genetic engineering. Without disclosure, consumers of genetically engineered food unknowingly may violate their own dietary and religious restrictions.
GMOs are not proven safe and the long-term health risks on humans of genetically engineered foods have not been investigated adequately. Accumulating research has prompted a growing number of countries to require mandatory labeling.
49 countries have mandatory labeling laws, including China, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Sweden and other nations in the European Union. Many have bans or other restrictions against GMO crops and foods.
All we need is one state to enact GMO labeling for the rest of us to benefit. Companies will have to spend extra money to create labels or stickers for only one state, so hopefully every GMO product would be labeled in every state if just one can pass a law.
The fight to label GMO food will prevail!
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Posted by Jennifer Lance at December 3, 2012 12:23 AM