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Washington Legislature
10:16 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Genetically-Modified Labeling Fight In Washington Continues With New Bills

Washington lawmakers will hear a bill to label genetically engineered salmon. The proposed bill would also ban transgenic salmon production in the state.
Credit Flickr Photo/Katrine Kaarsemaker

When Rep. Cary Condotta campaigned for labeling genetically modified food last fall, he noticed reactions were different depending on the type of food: fish or plant. “When you start talking about modifying animals to grow faster and larger, boy, they light up,” he said. “People go, really? They’re not doing that, are they?”

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Politics Behind Science
9:50 am
Fri January 10, 2014

A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs

After Grist's six-month-long series on genetically modified foods, some loyal readers accused the site of changing directions in the debate.
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Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 9:52 am

A 26-part series on genetically modified food was not Nathanael Johnson's idea. And he didn't realize it would take six months, either.

Last year, Johnson was hired as the new food writer for Grist, a website for environmental news and opinion. Grist's editor, Scott Rosenberg, was waiting with an assignment: Dig into the controversy over GMOs.

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GMO Labeling
8:36 am
Tue November 19, 2013

As GMO Labeling Fails, Whole Foods And Oregon Pick Up Torch

Some foods are already boasting that they do not contain GMO products.
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More than a week after the election, backers of the measure to label genetically modified food finally conceded defeat – but promised they would be back in 2016. In the meantime, national efforts to label GMO foods continue.

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Elections Results
8:50 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Effort To Label GMO Foods Failing In Washington State

Some companies have voluntarily labeled their products as non-GMO, but Washington voters so far have decided against making it mandatory in the state.
Flickr Photo/Becky Striepe

Washington state likely won’t be labeling its food containing GMO products, after all. With most of the votes counted on Tuesday night, 55 percent said no to Initiative 522, which would have required labeling.

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Campaign Finance
4:17 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Attn. General Says I-522 Donor Violated Campaign Finance Laws

Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Steve Scher talks with Attorney General Bob Ferguson about the lawsuit that finds No on I-522 donor, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, in violation of campaign finance laws. Penalties are expected after the election is over.

Elections 2013
9:20 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Push For GMO Labeling Gains National Momentum

Seventy percent of processed foods sold in the U.S. contain genetically engineered ingredients like soy, corn, and sugar. Even at PCC, considered a beacon of organic products, is not entirely GMO-free.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

If voters here approve Initiative 522, a measure to require producers to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients, Washington will join two other states that recently enacted similar laws.

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Elections 2013
7:18 am
Wed October 23, 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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Elections 2013
12:56 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Top Donors Fighting GMO Labeling Revealed: Pepsi, Coke, Nestlé

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has gotten his wish: A list of donors to a political action committee created to fight Initiative 522, which, if passed, would require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified products.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association established its PAC on Thursday, the day after Ferguson filed suit against the association for failing to release its donor list. 

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Elections 2013
11:59 am
Tue October 22, 2013

The Role GMOs Play In Our Food System And Environment

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Washington could become the first state to require mandatory GMO labels if voters approve Initiative 522.  But some voters are still confused about the role GMOs play in our food system and in the environment. The Record's Steve Scher gets the facts from Seattle Times reporter Sandi Doughton.

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Elections 2013
10:01 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Washington's GMO Labeling Initiative Fires Up Global Food Industry

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Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:28 pm

Agribusiness and the food industry have pumped a record $17 million into Washington state so far to defeat Initiative 522.

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GMO Primer (In Brief)
7:40 am
Mon October 21, 2013

10 Questions About GMOs You've Been Too Embarrassed To Ask

Protesters hold a sign in front of the White House advocating for GMO labeling, October 19, 2011.
Flickr Photo/Alex Baden-Meyer

This election, the labeling of GMOs, or genetically modified foods, is one of the most hotly contested initiatives on the ballot. Big industries, led by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, have poured millions of dollars into fighting against a labeling requirement. Proponents have mounted vigorous and emotional debates in favor.

So what’s the root of the debate?

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Elections 2013
7:22 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Washington's Initiative 522: A Tale Of Two Northwest Farms

Eric Maier farms 7,000 acres of wheat and cattle near Ritzville, Washington. He says labeling GMO foods would possibly curtail an option that would keep his farm competitive globally in the future.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 7:27 am

The state of Washington grows about 300 types of crops -- from the lush valleys north of Seattle, to the orchards of the Columbia Basin, to the rolling fields between Spokane and Walla Walla. And if you ask any of those farmers about Washington’s Initiative 522 and you’ll get every kind of answer.

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GMO Labeling
12:20 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

So What Happens If The Movement To Label GMOs Succeeds?

Labels on bags of snack foods indicate they are non-GMO food products.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 5:09 pm

I have a story on All Things Considered Wednesday (click on the audio link above to hear it) about the campaign to put labels on food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The idea is gaining ground in the Northeast — Maine and Connecticut passed labeling laws this summer, though they won't take effect unless more states do the same. And GMO labeling is on the ballot this November in Washington state.

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Food Fight
8:02 am
Thu October 17, 2013

State Sues Group Fighting GMO Labeling: 'You Must Disclose' Your Donors

As voters in Washington state prepare to vote on whether to require labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, the state’s attorney general sued an industry group for violating campaign finance laws.

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Health
4:54 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Paleontologist To Humans: Stop Sugar Binging, Start Moving More

Daniel Lieberman, an evolutionary biologist, writes that we may be living longer, but we are suffering from relatively new, preventable diseases.

We may be living longer, but we aren’t necessarily living better, argues Daniel Lieberman, an evolutionary biologist and author of Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease.

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