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September 26, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Labeling genetically engineered foods in Washington

The right to know This corn prop is one of many used in the campaign to help pass Initiative 522. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.] The Seattle Times has recently published some articles about Initiative 522, the initiative on labeling food products that contain GMOs (genetically engineered organisms) on the upcoming ballot in Washington state. [“GMO…

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September 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Labeling genetically engineered foods in Washington

Science doesn’t support I-522 Initiative 522 supporters, who want genetically modified foods to be labeled, gathered for a rally outside a Grocery Manufacturers Association meeting at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.] Initiative 522 on Washington’s November general election ballot — to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods — should be soundly…

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September 16, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Monsanto, Dupont fight Initiative 522 in Washington

It begs the question A combine harvests wheat along the Oregon-Washington border. The source of a patch of genetically modified wheat found this spring in Oregon remains a mystery, and farmers say they are going ahead with plans to plant their winter crop. [AP Photo/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jeff Horner File] The Times reported that DuPont Pioneer has…

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September 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

Agricultural profiteers Initiative 522 supporters, who want labeling of GMO foods, gathered for a rally outside a Grocery Manufacturers Association meeting at the Westin Hotel in Seattle in August. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.] More than 350,000 Washington voters signed the petition to bring Initiative 522, an act to label genetically engineered foods, to the ballot here…

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September 3, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods

The right to know Transgenic soy plants are seen in an Argentina farm field. [Juan Mabromata/AFP/GettyImages] In California, chemical companies like Monsanto spent millions of dollars to narrowly defeat a “Right to Know” ballot initiative that would have required food manufacturers to label foods produced with genetically engineered crops. Consumers demanded information, but big corporations preferred we remain…

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August 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Labeling genetically engineered foods in Washington

Consumer’s right to know Initiative 522 supporters, who want genetically modified foods to be labeled, gathered for a rally outside a Grocery Manufacturers Association meeting at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.] As the “yes” and “no” voters for Initiative 522 present their reasons for labeling genetically modified foods, it reminds me of…

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August 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

An imperfect solution to an imperfect dilemma An ear of genetically altered corn waits to be harvested in Illinois.[Scott Olson/Getty Images.] Initiative 522 is not perfect. [“On voters’ plates: genetically engineered crops,” page one, Aug. 11.] However, it is not a perfect world. In a perfect world, federal law would not permit Monsanto to sue for patent…

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