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Washington state GMO labeling initiative soundly defeated

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  • Brainless anarchists don’t understand that the public is not fearful of genetically modified food and sees no need to label it.

At least $68 million has been poured down a rat hole thanks a bunch of brainless anarchists who don’t seem to understand that the public is not fearful of genetically modified food and sees no need to label it.

On Nov. 5, Washington state voters turned down another flawed GMO labeling law by 9 percent, just like California voters did last year by 3 percent. The $68 million represents the amount of money opponents had to spend to turn back the socialist agenda in California and Washington.

Next up is Oregon in November 2014. If the Washington vote in Clark County, across the Columbia River from Portland, is any indication of what might happen in Oregon, the record will go to 0-3. Nearly 60 percent of voters in Clark County voted no on the Washington measure.

The whackos claim they have similar efforts underway in 23 other states. More waste of time and money.

If I were a radical looking to champion some Marxist cause, I think I would find something besides trying to put a skull and crossbones on every food item in a supermarket. Everything in the grocery store now is genetically modified, and I have yet to hear of a GMO illness or death in the aisles.

Supporters argued that consumers should have the right to know if their food contains genetically engineered ingredients, which now account for more than 90 percent of the corn, soybeans, cotton and sugar beets grown in the U.S. You would think after awhile this bunch would catch on.

Apparently not. Proponents raised nearly $8 million, with $2.3 million coming from Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and lesser amounts from several companies in the natural food industry.

"It's OK, because guess what: We're gonna win eventually," the soap company's CEO, David Bronner said. To learn more about the man who said that, check out this article.

The other head of this band is Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now. It claims to be a “grassroots movement of more than 650,000 farmers and citizens dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families.” 650,000 people. Wow! What a force! If that is all the supporters I had in a national organization, I don’t think I would advertise it. Murphy is so bright he called a press conference to talk about the Washington initiative. I did not tune in. Doubt he acknowledged defeat. Whackos seldom do. They cannot raise more money if they do.

All of this is because of the initiative process. I have never liked it. It represents two things. It is, first, evidence of a state legislature’s inability to govern. Second, voter referendums are cheap ways to promote an agenda that is  generally not supported by voters or legislative bodies.

The Washington anti-GMO proposal was destined to fail. The size of the defeat would indicate that people: 1. Did not like the idea of mislabeling food, and 2. Are fed up with the initiative process.

The process needs to be change by: 1. Increasing the number of signatures required to get on the ballot and 2. Require initiative backers to post a bond that would pay for the cost of the election if the referendum is voted down.

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on Nov 11, 2013

These enviros don't understand the difference between GMO and hybrid engineering. Hybrid engineering has not not altered the chemical makeup of the plants but improved its sustanability and production.

CO (not verified)
on Nov 18, 2013

The initiative was NOT soundly defeated. How can you write such a hateful article toward people who want to know what's in their food with your corporatist agenda. Boo hoo, you had to spend $68 million to defeat it with your negative, deceptive advertising. GMO's are not here to stay like you're trying to get people to believe like a kid who didn't get his way kicking and screaming. I cannot wait until the crop numbers come out for 2014 saying that the planting of GMO crops have decreased. Winning at the polls , NOT soundly by the way, does not mean you will win where America really votes, with their wallet. All people have to do to see the difference is switch to a GMO free diet themselves, not read paid corporate and/or government studies. You're the brainless anarchist that doesn't want to be told by the government that you HAVE to be honest about the content of your food. You're fighting for the right to lie, and somehow you think that makes you the good guy. Your bully approach is unimpressive and shows how greedy and angry people like you really are. The things that people will do for a buck this day and age!

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