In November, Washington voters will have the chance to enable a “right to know” food labeling initiative requiring genetically engineered products to be clearly labeled. Monday afternoon, the Seattle City Council is holding a vote on Resolution 31484 to support I-522:
Initiative 522, called “The People’s Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” would require most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, and seeds and seed stocks, if produced using genetic engineering as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale. Chris McManus is I-522’s main sponsor. The initiative sponsors brought in more than 350,000 signatures.”
Last year California voters rejected a “right to know” food labeling initiative. Since then, several other states have put up proposals to require GMO food labels. In January KUOW did a brief but interesting interview with former anti-GMO crusader Mark Lynas about why he would vote against the labeling measure. Lynas was once known for destroying GMO crops but later apologized for his actions and now says he supports the use of GMOs as a solution to nutritional and environmental issues. GMO labeling supporters say the measure is about consumer choice.
Capitol Hill Mayors Forum
You can also mark your calendar for Thursday, October 3, 7-9 PM for the one and only Capitol Hill-focused mayoral candidate forum at 10th/Pike’s Barboza. More details soon but we can tell you that CHS will be part of the show ensuring that event includes a satisfying level of neighborhood geekery. More soon.
UPDATE: The City Council voted 8 to 1 to support I-522. Jean Godden cast the lone vote against the symbolic resolution.