A new genetically modified food labeling initiative is likely to fail as Monsanto out-funds its opponents.
WASHINGTON, DC – Activists protest against agricultural biotech company Monsanto outside the White House on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. Monsanto, which engineers genetically modified seeds, recently benefited from a section buried in the latest budget bill that allows the agribusiness giant to plant genetically-modified crops without judicial review to determine whether or not their crops are safe. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
September 24, 2013
WASHINGTON STATE — Initiative 522 (I-522) is all about our right as consumers to know if we are purchasing and consuming genetically modified foods or not. And just like we saw in California with a similar ballot initiative, the chance for large corporate interests to persevere in the end, shooting-down the initiative is likely.
So far opponents of genetically modified food labeling have raised over $11 billion to fight the initiative.
Now Washingtonians are realizing they have no voice as they remain powerless against the Bill Gates supported Monsanto corporation.
Some like the fact that I-522 would also take care of labeling genetically modified fish, which is a big issue amongst Washingtonians. The Washington wheat and apple industry is also covered in I-522 according to the official website.
Others like professor Goldberg, claim that organic supermarkets are actually pushing the bill and not the general public. Melissa Allison, SeattleTimes.com wrote, “Biology professor Goldberg, who has worked with the technology and believes it can help feed people and bring them greater nutrition, calls labeling supporters “the climate deniers of the left.”
He claims Whole Foods and other corporate supporters of I-522 want to heighten the public’s concerns about genetically engineered food “because it will drive people into their grocery stores.” While this may be true, why have Americans become so docile that they could careless what they eat?