The voting is on in Washington (tomorrow is election day there) and it’s time to take a last look at I-522, the GMO labeling initiative, before the results are decided. Final results in fund raising? The No forces have raised $22 million shattering the all time record. Meanwhile, funds raised in support of the measure total $6.8 million, not a bad take in a race like this. But then look who they’re up against.
Surprisingly, not all the big corporate donors that contributed to defeat the California initiative have dumped money into Washington. Speculation is that some of the corporations who have healthy, natural product lines don’t want to be seen on the wrong side of this issue, like Lever Bros. who now owns Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
Here’s a fine Seattle Times interview with Phil Bereano, professor emeritus of technical communication at the University of Washington, on why he supports I-522. He gives straight-forward rebuttles to many of the anti-labeling and pro-GMO arguments. Read it; you’ll be glad you did. (more…)