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The Salt
11:10 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy

The increasingly successful movement to eliminate GMO crops from food is turning out to be organic's false friend.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 8:29 am

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.

In fact, the increasingly successful movement to eliminate genetically modified crops — GMOs — from food is turning out to be organic's false friend. The non-GMO label has become a cheaper alternative to organic.

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initiative 522
4:32 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

GMA: Contributions Reported in Food-Label Fight

Tom Paulson Associated Press

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.

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initiative 522
5:38 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Wash. State Voters Reject GMO Labeling Initiative

Toby Talbot Associated Press

Voters in Washington state have rejected a ballot measure requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

The campaign over Initiative 522 drew millions of dollars from out of state and was one of the costliest initiative fights in state history.

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initiative 522
8:45 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Wash. State Voters Defeating GMO Labeling Initiative

Initiative 522 supporters listen to speeches after early vote returns showed the measuring trailing by nearly double-digits.
Austin Jenkins

 

A Washington state ballot measure requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods is failing in early returns.

The campaign over Initiative 522 has been one of the costliest initiative fights in state history, drawing millions of dollars from out of state.

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initiative 522
8:13 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Power of Messaging on Display in GMO Labeling Fight

Associated Press

Voters are about to decide whether Washington becomes the first state in the nation to label some genetically engineered foods.

A poll last month showed Initiative 522 with a 4-point lead and 12-percent of voters still undecided.

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initiative 522
10:53 am
Tue October 29, 2013

More Money Pours into Wash. Food Labeling Fight

Associated Press

Biotechnology giant Monsanto Co. on Monday dumped another $540,000 to fight a Washington state ballot measure requiring genetically engineered foods be labeled.

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.

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Election 2013
5:01 am
Fri October 25, 2013

I-522: Looking to the European Union for a Real-Life Example

Spaniard Victoria Alonso searches for the "genetically modified" label on corn and soy products in a Barcelona supermarket.
Gerry Hadden

Should consumers have the right to know what’s in the food they eat?

That’s the question at the heart of Initiative 522, which would require labeling of genetically-engineered foods and seed sold in Washington. 

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.                 

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Campaign Financing
8:53 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Grocery Manufacturers Agree to Disclose Donors

Tom Paulson Humanosphere

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Friday the Grocery Manufacturers Association will disclose who its donors are, as it campaigns against a ballot Initiative 522.

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 represents more than 300 companies.

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Election 2013
5:01 am
Thu October 17, 2013

GMO-Labeling Initiative: A Tale of Two Northwest Farms

Eric Maier farms 7,000 acres of wheat and cattle near Ritzville, Washington.
Anna King

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.

Ask any of those farmers about Initiative 522, and you’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’re known, but it could have a big impact on Washington agriculture.

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GMO Labeling
2:41 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Will GMO Labels Alter Consumers' Perception Of Specialty Foods?

Litehouse Foods, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, produces more than 400 salad dressings and dips found in grocery stores and delis.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 7:19 am

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’s why food producers have a big interest in Washington’s Initiative 522 on the ballot next month.

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GMO food labeling
10:54 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Wash. Governor Undecided on GMO Initiative

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Damian Dovarganes AP Photo

It’s the hottest issue on Washington’s fall ballot: an initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. But Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, says he hasn’t decided how he’ll vote on Initiative 522.

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GMO food labeling
12:08 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

State's GMO Labeling Initiative Fires Up Global Food Industry

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Paul Sakuma AP Photo

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.

Before six months ago, it’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.

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GMO food labeling
10:46 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Opponents of Wash. GMO-Labeling Get $5 Million Boost

This Oct. 2, 2002, file photo shows labeling stating no genetically engineered ingredients on a box of Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal in San Francisco.
Paul Sakuma AP Photo

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has given $5 million to the campaign to defeat a Washington state ballot measure requiring labeling of genetically modified foods.

With the food industry trade group's donation Friday, opponents have now raised about $17.1 million to defeat Initiative 522. Supporters have raised about $4.7 million.

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GMO produce
2:21 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Senate Seeks to Reverse Law on Engineered Crops

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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.

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.

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