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GMO Labeling Loses in Washington State

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Packaged food in Washington State won’t be subject to a GMO labeling requirement. A ballot initiative that would require companies to label the presence of genetically modified ingredient food products failed to secure enough votes. As it currently stands Initiative 522 lost 45 percent yes to 55 percent no. The final total should change slightly in the coming days but it is clear the initiative has failed.

The measured suffered the same fate as the Proposition 37, a similar initiative on the ballot last year in California. Both lead in the early polls but failed after big agribusiness conglomerates spent millions against them.

The campaign against I-522 was the most expensive ballot measure campaign in the history of the state. Companies like Monsanto, Dow Chemical and Coca-Cola successfully undermined support for labeling by donating hundreds of thousand each.

This is a yet another reminder of what a large role money can play in politics.

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Jon Walker

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at