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Polls Close on Initiative 522 GMO-Labeling Vote: Did Monsanto Win?

There has been heated debate and tons of cash flung toward the Initiative 522 campaign in Washington to label GMO foods. Those who oppose labeling of GMOs spent millions illegally to help defeat the Initiative, which would make grocery stores label all GMO foods as such, and the supporters of 522 have put forth valiant efforts considering the big budgets of Monsanto, Dow, ConAgra, and the corporate greed running the anti-labeling smear campaigns preceding the vote. But the bill was rejected.

Former Republican Washington State Senator, Luke Esser, and Dana Bieber, a spokesperson for the ‘No to 522’ campaign argued salient points recently in a debate over the call to label GMO foods. He argues that Monsanto, DuPont and Dow are the largest contributors to the anti-labeling side, insinuating that small farmers and organic growers really can’t compete, or even offer their preference toward GMO labeling with an equal voice.

Bieber said that “70% of the food would have been exempt under the It also looks at the number of recent requests for your credit repair report or “inquiries” for the purpose of obtaining additional credit. GMO Initiative, and that the language in the Initiative is very misleading.” She also argues that genetically modified food hasn’t been proven to be bad for our health. She quotes The World Health Organization (WHO) as a ‘trustworthy’ source for these studies that say GMO food is healthy. For those who are not clued in, the WHO is supported by some of the biggest money in the world, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who also support genetically modified foods under the argument that the world is starving and there is no other way to feed almost 9 billion people.

The fact is that GMOs are NOT safe, and are leading to millions of pounds of pesticides to be sprayed on our food, causing even further damage The future integrity of our food is at risk, and the unknown long-term effects could be detrimental.

It seems as though manipulation of the food supply will continue onward, but so will the fight against GMOs. No Monsanto, you have not won yet.

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  1. Rosemary says:

    That’s not true that there’s been no long term studies proving GMO’s are not safe, or any real evidence that they are safe!

  2. Robb says:

    Who is running your country? the people or big business interests.. the next will be the dangers of Cell phones and brain damage that is caused from them .. try and tell the world to stop using their cell phones and walk about home phones .. it is more addictive than smoking ever was.. I don’t own one.. as I have seen the damage already from close friends with tumors..

  3. dave says:

    Bill gates owns millions of shares in Monsanto so it is logical for him to support this company.

    Only $580 came from inside the state of Washington to support no on I522. The rest came from chemical companies like Monsanto and food co-ops that produce processed foods. All the bigwigs that advertised for the No vote on I-522, are all former Wash. State representatives and are now just paid lackeys.

  4. dave says:

    The world hunger is not due to lack of food, but government control in some countries and the lack of care to get this food to remote regions, and in some cases war is the problem.

    Heck, The USA alone can support the world with food with present farming conditions and population.
    The WHO, like the FDA is a sad joke.

  5. dave says:

    It’s curious that US food companies are competing in nations that label GMO foods. You see, these same US companies that do not want to label GMO foods in the US, are labeling the GMO foods in Europe, and have been doing it for over 13 years.

    There are no long term health testing of GMO crops, unless you want to claim the human guinea pigs in the USA that eat processed foods. How does that make you feel? And how does it make you feel that even China (who labels gmo foods) has more food freedom of choice than the US? That is why I do not eat processed foods or farm raised fish.

    • gmo2ashes says:

      Labeling GMOs is not the answer. Only a ban will solve the problem – backed up by the public burning GMOs in the field after the biotech companies disregard the imposed ban.

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