Voters in Washington recently had the opportunity to vote on a ballot initiative that would have required food labels indicate the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The initiative failed, with approximately 55% of voters saying “no” on the ballot.

gmo labelingWashington is the second state in recent years to vote on GMO-labeling.  Last year voters in California also defeated a ballot initiative.  Food advocacy groups are working on similar ballot measures in another 23 states, including Oregon which should vote on the question in 2014.

In the US, close to 70% of all food products contain GMO ingredients.  Common foods like wheat, corn, sugar beets, and soybeans are almost 100% GMO. … Read the rest