GMO http://kplu.org en Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy http://kplu.org/post/why-non-gmo-label-organics-frenemy It's easy to think of "organic" and "non-GMO" as the best buddies of food. They sit comfortably beside each other in the same grocery stores — most prominently, in Whole Foods Market. Culturally, they also seem to occupy the same space. Both reject aspects of mainstream industrial agriculture.<p>In fact, the <a href="http://www.nongmoproject.org/">increasingly successful</a> movement to eliminate genetically modified crops — GMOs — from food is turning out to be organic's false friend. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:10:52 +0000 Dan Charles 14273 at http://kplu.org Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy GMA: Contributions Reported in Food-Label Fight http://kplu.org/post/gma-contributions-reported-food-label-fight <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">An industry group that contributed heavily to defeat a measure that would have required labeling genetically engineered foods says it reported its activity to state watchdogs and hopes to resolve a lawsuit alleging it violated Washington's campaign finance laws.</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:32:03 +0000 The Associated Press 11224 at http://kplu.org GMA: Contributions Reported in Food-Label Fight Wash. State Voters Reject GMO Labeling Initiative http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-voters-reject-gmo-labeling-initiative <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Voters in Washington state have rejected a ballot measure requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The campaign over Initiative 522 drew millions of dollars from out of state and was one of the costliest initiative fights in state history.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 01:38:03 +0000 The Associated Press 10888 at http://kplu.org Wash. State Voters Reject GMO Labeling Initiative Wash. State Voters Defeating GMO Labeling Initiative http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-voters-defeating-gmo-labeling-initiative <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">A Washington state ballot measure requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods is failing in early returns.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The campaign over Initiative 522 has been one of the costliest initiative fights in state history, drawing millions of dollars from out of state.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:45:03 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10854 at http://kplu.org Wash. State Voters Defeating GMO Labeling Initiative Power of Messaging on Display in GMO Labeling Fight http://kplu.org/post/power-messaging-display-gmo-labeling-fight <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">Voters are about to decide whether Washington becomes the first state in the nation to label some genetically engineered foods.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;"><span style="font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">A poll last month showed Initiative 522 with a 4-point lead and 12-percent of voters still undecided.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:13:56 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10800 at http://kplu.org Power of Messaging on Display in GMO Labeling Fight More Money Pours into Wash. Food Labeling Fight http://kplu.org/post/more-money-pours-wash-food-labeling-fight <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Biotechnology giant Monsanto Co. on Monday dumped another $540,000 to fight a Washington state ballot measure requiring genetically engineered foods be labeled.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The group opposing Initiative 522 has now raised nearly $22 million, setting a record for the most raised by an initiative campaign in state history. Food-labeling supporters have raised about $6.8 million.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:53:46 +0000 The Associated Press 10697 at http://kplu.org More Money Pours into Wash. Food Labeling Fight I-522: Looking to the European Union for a Real-Life Example http://kplu.org/post/i-522-looking-european-union-real-life-example <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should consumers have the right to know what’s in the food they eat?</span></p><p>That’s the question at the heart of Initiative 522, which would require labeling of genetically-engineered foods and seed sold in Washington.&nbsp;</p><p>Most people want the choice, but whether the initiative would actually give shoppers useful information is up for debate. One place to look for answers is the European Union, where the world’s first GE labeling requirements took effect nearly two decades ago. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10641 at http://kplu.org I-522: Looking to the European Union for a Real-Life Example Election 2013: What You Should Know before You Vote http://kplu.org/post/election-2013-what-you-should-know-you-vote <p><strong>CHEAT SHEETS</strong></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Initiative 522:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.kplu.org/four-things-you-should-know-about-initiative-522?" style="line-height: 1.5;">Four Things You Should Know</a></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle Mayoral Race: </span></strong><a href="http://www.kplu.org/ask-candidates?" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ask the Candidates</a></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charter Amendment 19: </span></strong><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/how-redistricting-would-change-seattles-political-landscape" style="line-height: 1.5;">How Redistricting Would Change Seattle</a></p><p><b>Seattle School Board Race:&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/three-reasons-why-you-should-care-about-school-board-race">Three Reasons Why You Should Care</a></p><p><strong>STORIES</strong></p><p><b>Seattle Mayoral Race:&nbsp;</b></p><p><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/behind-political-grandstanding-shared-views-street-safety" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Behind 'Political Grandstanding,' Shared Views on Street Safety</span></a></p><p><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/mayoral-candidates-differ-most-effective-transportation-fix" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">Mayoral Candidates Differ on Most Effective Transportation Fix</a></p><p><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/challenge-seattles-next-mayor-making-housing-affordable">Challenge for Seattle's Next Mayor: Making&nbsp;Housing Affordable</a></p><p><strong>Charter Amendment 19 for District Representation in Seattle:&nbsp;</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-voters-mull-amendment-19-tacoma-serves-example">As Seattle Voters Mull Amendment 19, Tacoma Serves as Example&nbsp;</a></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle School Board Races:</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/two-newcomers-vie-seat-seattle-school-board">Two Newcomers Vie for Seat on Seattle School Board</a></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/do-arts-matter-seattle-school-board-candidates-weigh">Do Arts Matter? Seattle School Board Candidates Weigh In</a></span></p><p><strong>For New Washington Voters:&nbsp;</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/new-wash-voter-its-not-too-late-register">New Wash. Voter? It's Not Too Late to Register</a></p><p><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/protips-3-things-remember-when-voting">Protips: 3 Things to Remember When Voting</a></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:00:01 +0000 KPLU News Staff 10554 at http://kplu.org Election 2013: What You Should Know before You Vote Grocery Manufacturers Agree to Disclose Donors http://kplu.org/post/grocery-manufacturers-agree-disclose-donors <p>State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Friday the <a href="http://www.gmaonline.org/" target="_blank">Grocery Manufacturers Association</a> will disclose who its donors are, as it campaigns against a ballot Initiative 522.</p><p>Ferguson's office had planned to take the industry group to court, saying it violated Washington’s campaign finance law that requires donors to be public. The Washington, D.C.-based GMA <a href="http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/MemberDirectory/viewMemberDirectoryAll" target="_blank">represents more than 300 companies. </a></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:53:14 +0000 Ed Ronco 10535 at http://kplu.org Grocery Manufacturers Agree to Disclose Donors GMO-Labeling Initiative: A Tale of Two Northwest Farms http://kplu.org/post/gmo-labeling-initiative-tale-two-northwest-farms <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the lush valleys north of Seattle to the orchards of the Columbia Basin, to the rolling fields between Spokane and Walla Walla, the state of Washington grows about 300 types of crops.</span></p><p>Ask any of those farmers about Initiative 522, and you&rsquo;ll get every kind of answer. If passed this November, it would require labeling of genetically modified foods. The initiative would not ban GMOs, as they&rsquo;re known, but it could have a big impact on Washington agriculture.</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Anna King 10512 at http://kplu.org GMO-Labeling Initiative: A Tale of Two Northwest Farms Will GMO Labels Alter Consumers' Perception Of Specialty Foods? http://kplu.org/post/will-gmo-labels-alter-consumers-perception-specialty-foods <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/10/101513JR_GMOLabel_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In the food business, everything comes down to that moment when a shopper studies a label and decides whether to buy or move on. That&#8217;s why food producers have a big interest in Washington&#8217;s Initiative 522 on the ballot next month.<p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:41:19 +0000 Jessica Robinson 10505 at http://kplu.org Will GMO Labels Alter Consumers' Perception Of Specialty Foods? Wash. Governor Undecided on GMO Initiative http://kplu.org/post/wash-governor-undecided-gmo-initiative <p>It&rsquo;s the hottest issue on Washington&rsquo;s fall ballot: an initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. But Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, says he hasn&rsquo;t decided how he&rsquo;ll vote on Initiative 522.</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:54:15 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10335 at http://kplu.org Wash. Governor Undecided on GMO Initiative State's GMO Labeling Initiative Fires Up Global Food Industry http://kplu.org/post/states-gmo-labeling-initiative-fires-global-food-industry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Agribusiness and the food industry have pumped a record $17 million into Washington state to defeat Initiative 522, the ballot measure to require labeling of some foods and beverages with genetically engineered ingredients.</span></p><p>Before six months ago, it&rsquo;s doubtful very many grocery shoppers in Washington had even heard the acronym GMO, much less could tell you what it stands for. Now, most people know it stands for genetically-modified organism.</p><p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 19:08:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10293 at http://kplu.org State's GMO Labeling Initiative Fires Up Global Food Industry Opponents of Wash. GMO-Labeling Get $5 Million Boost http://kplu.org/post/opponents-wash-gmo-labeling-get-5-million-boost <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The Grocery Manufacturers Association has given $5 million to the campaign to defeat a Washington state ballot measure requiring labeling of genetically modified foods.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>With the food industry trade group&#39;s donation Friday, opponents have now raised about $17.1 million to defeat Initiative 522. Supporters have raised about $4.7 million.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:46:44 +0000 The Associated Press 10223 at http://kplu.org Opponents of Wash. GMO-Labeling Get $5 Million Boost Senate Seeks to Reverse Law on Engineered Crops http://kplu.org/post/senate-seeks-reverse-law-engineered-crops <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The Senate is seeking to reverse a controversial law that allows farmers to harvest genetically modified crops even when the crops are caught up in legal battles.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The law was passed as part of a spending bill earlier this year and has become a flashpoint in the national debate over genetically engineered foods.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:21:47 +0000 The Associated Press 10178 at http://kplu.org Senate Seeks to Reverse Law on Engineered Crops