Initiative 522 would ensure genetically engineered (GE) apples are labeled in Washington. This would allow shoppers to make an informed choice.
GE apples are being grown in Washington state
- Currently there are approved for marketing to U.S. shoppers.
- However, the a bid from Canada’s Okanogan Specialty Fruit to introduce the Arctic Apple – a GE apple engineered not to brown or show bruising.
- The USDA has approved a three-year permit for in Washington state, at a location not disclosed to neighboring farmers or orchardists. It is current until May 2015.
- The U.S. Apple Association, Washington State Horticultural Association, Washington Apple Commission, and the Northwest Horticultural Council have all over GE apples.
Washington is the nation’s leading producer of apples
- Washington than any other state in 2011.
- Washington’s apple industry accounted for of the nation’s apples in 2011.
- More than in economic output was generated by all levels of production, packing, processing, marketing and research in the 2010-2011 apple season.
Apple exports are a vital part of Washington’s economy
- The value of Washington apples sold as fresh or processed product is estimated at about .
- An estimated 30 percent of Washington apples are exported overseas, with major markets in Asia, Canada, Mexico and South America.
Thousands of jobs depend on Washington’s apple industry
- About were directly employed in the apple industry in 2010-2011. Most of these jobs were in the sectors of the industry.
Washington’s major trading partners already require GE labeling
- The for Washington apple exports in 2011-2012 were: Mexico, Canada, India, China/Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, UAE, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Malyasia.
- (India, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia) all require labeling on GE foods.