There must be something in the water out there in the Pacific Ocean. During the 2012 election, California voters were asked to vote on GMO labeling — and they soundly rejected it. Now, Washington voters are being asked to do the same thing.
And the campaign is just heating up.
The pro-labelers are signing the same tune as usual. GMOs are bad. We need to know we’re eating them. Our families are in danger. There’s no scientific research. We’re just moms looking out for our kids.
Too bad there is no scientific data to show biotechnology is bad for humans or the environment. And farmers feed these same crops to our kids too — and farm kids are generally healthier than non-farm kids.
You can read the text of the bill here. You know the bill is absolutely bogus based on the first few paragraphs. It states that biotechnology isn’t regulated by the federal government, which is completely false. It states that scientists have expressed concerns about the safety of biotechnology, which is completely false. It also states that biotechnology is bad for the environment, which is false.
But since when has the anti-GMO crowd ever tried telling the truth? Never. The entire campaign for labeling is based on a lie, false science, and scare tactics.
This particular bill, however, is completely arbitrary. Certain foods would have to be labeled, while others would not. Foreign companies could get away with it simply by not claiming to be exempt. Of course it would result in huge costs for farmers and, ultimately, consumers. It also makes it difficult for farmers outside of Washington to sell produce within the state, and difficult for Washington farmers to ship products out of the state.
As with all labeling initiatives, it needs to be defeated.
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