Heated, pricey battle wages over GMO labeling

Heated, pricey battle wages over GMO labeling

When voters in Colorado and Oregon go to the ballots this November 4, they will vote on initiatives that would mandate clear labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients on food packages.The fight over this issue is adding up to be very costly for opponents and supporters of the food labeling laws.Biotech companies such as DuPont, Dow and Monsanto that sell genetically engineered crops, are opposed to the measures. Also opposed is the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a national business lobbying organization.Vermont has passed a state law requiring labeling on genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food, and Connecticut and Maine have adopted similar laws which will take effect when neighboring states pass such laws. In 2013, GMO food labeling initiatives were narrowly defeated in Washington and California. The GMA and the International Dairy Food Association are suing Vermont over its food labeling law. Recently, plaintiff trade organizations filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, seeking to prevent the law’s implementation until the “litigation has run its course.”Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service approved non-regulated status for three of Dow’s genetically engineered plants – one variety of corn and two varieties of soybeans. 

GMO food labeling initiative approved for Colorado ballot proposition

A proposition seeking the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms will be on the November ballot, the Colorado Secretary of State said Wednesday. Signatures were verified for the ballot initiative – Proposition 105 – according to the group, meaning the question will go before voters in this year’s elections.

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Oregon GMO food labeling initiative draws big money

Political observers are predicting that an initiative requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food products could end up as one of the costliest in state history. The No on 92 Committee, working to defeat the initiative, took in more than $312,000 in donations from mid-June through July …

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Vermont GMO Food Labeling Law Challengers Seek Preliminary Injunction

In the court battle to have Vermont’s genetically modified organism (GMO) food labeling law (Act 120) overturned, plaintiff trade associations filed a motion for preliminary injunction on September 11, 2014, seeking to enjoin Vermont government officials from implementing the law until the “litigation has run its course.” Grocery Manufacturers Association et al.

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USDA approves GMO corn, soybean varieties

A new variety of engineered corn has been approved by the USDA. (Source: MidwestAGnet.com / MGN Online) Recycled content tile, a relative newcomer to the home improvement scene, goes conventional tile one better by offering all its traditional advantages together with an even more impressive green scorecard.

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