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Yes on 522 Projects Winning 49% Support Despite All-Time Low Turnout Eyes 2016 for Next Washington State Ballot Measure to Label GMO

National Movement Marches On: Americans Will Know if Foods Are GMO Just Like 64 Other Countries

SEATTLE – Spending more money than ever before spent in a Washington state ballot measure contest, out-of-state pesticide and junk food industries funded a campaign of lies that deceived Washington voters in this election, leaving consumers in the dark about what is in the groceries they are buying and eating. Read More »

I-522 Update: Hundreds of Thousands of Votes Still To Be Counted

SEATTLE— There are too many votes that have not been counted for this race to be called. Hundreds of thousands of votes have yet to be counted. Additionally, Washington Secretary of State is currently reporting that over 300,000 votes still have to be counted. KOMO News 4 in Seattle even noted that there were more votes to be counted and results are not yet final.

“This race is not over yet,” said Delana Jones, Campaign Manager for Yes on 522. “Due to Washington State’s vote-by-mail system, there are hundreds of thousands of votes still to be counted. Please stay tuned. More results will be available after 6pm Pacific.”

Quick Facts on 522:

  • Washington will be the first state to implement labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.
  • More than 353,000 Washingtonians signed to get this placed as an Initiative to the Legislature.
  • Yes on 522 has raised $7.8 million to date from over 15,000 donors. The majority of Yes on 522’s donors are from the state of Washington.
  • I-522′s implementation date is July 1, 2015, which gives food & seed manufacturers 18 months to start labeling.
  • 64 other countries already label genetically engineered foods. The U.S. is one of the few industrialized countries that does not label GE foods.
  • Just like Alaska’s law to label GE seafood (it passed in 2005), I-522 would label GE salmon, which is highly likely to receive FDA approval later this year.

Stay Tuned for More Results on I-522

SEATTLE— With only one report of ballots on election night, Washington State voters will have to wait a few more days to learn the outcome for I-522. Read More »

Why big companies are spending $21 million to beat I-522

Joel Connelly at the Seattle PI :

The latest No on 522 cash infusion, another $3.78 million channeled through the Grocery Manufacturers Association, brings to $21.1 million the war chest that food and agribusiness giants have raised to defeat Washington’s Initiative 522, which would require labeling of genetically modified foods.

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Just Look Behind the Curtain

Anna Minard at the Stranger :

In one corner, you’ve got people—lots of people.

The campaign to pass I-522, the initiative that would mandate labeling most genetically modified (or GMO) food, can point to its parades of supporters. More than 350,000 voters signed their petition, making it the second most popular initiative in Washington State history after pot legalization. Their donor list on the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission’s website is a stunning 471 separate pages long. And then there’s more: Elizabeth Larter, a 522 spokeswoman, explains that because campaigns aren’t required to report contributions under $25, they’ve actually received more than 13,000 donations. It’s a model of widespread, grassroots organization to make big businesses disclose what’s in their products.

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Grocery Manufacturers Association & No on 522 Getting Away With Breaking the Law & Buying This Election

SEATTLE— In disappointing news, Judge Chris Wickham ruled that, apparently, the Grocery Manufacturers Association doesn’t have to completely follow Washington state campaign finance disclosure law. Despite not having 10 individual in-state donors in their newly registered GMA against I-522 PAC, the new ruling lets GMA continue to break the law and buying this election. Read More »

Yes on 522’s New Ad: Consumers Union Strongly Recommends I-522

SEATTLE— Yes on 522 launched a new ad: Consumers Union “Strongly Recommends Yes on 522.” Showcased in the ad is Dr. Michael Hansen, Senior Scientist for Consumers Union. Dr Hansen remarks on why Consumers Union is supporting I-522 and emphasizes the initiative will not raise food prices. Read More »

A look at companies who gave to I-522 opposition

The Associated Press in the Seattle Times:

In documents made public Friday afternoon, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) listed about three dozen companies who contributed a combined $7.2 million to oppose the Washington state food-labeling initiative.

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Washington state sues lobbyists over campaign against GMO labeling

Cary Gilliam for Reuters :

A lobbying group for major U.S. food manufacturers has violated campaign  laws in its attempt to block a measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods in Washington state, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the state’s attorney general.

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State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Charges No on I-522 With Hiding Its Donors

SEATTLE— Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has charged opponents of I-522 with hiding millions of dollars in campaign contributions by not properly disclosing their donors. The out-of-state corporations who oppose labeling of genetically engineered foods not only want to deny our right to know what’s in the food we eat, they also want to hide who’s funding their campaign. Read More »

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