Posted November 19, 2013
While the results of the Washington state food labeling initiative that would have required labels for all genetically modified (GMO) foods are narrowing, labeling advocates are moving their fight to state legislatures, according to an article by the Seattle Times available here.
Scott Faber, executive director of Just Label It!, said that over 20 states are expected to consider labeling legislation in 2014.
In Washington, labeling advocates were “heavily outspent” by opponents including Monsanto, Coca-Cola, Nestle and other food companies which raised $22 million. Labeling advocates only raised $8 million.
Rebecca Spector, West Coast Director of the Center for Food Safety, said the legislature provides a more level playing field.
Oregon will consider GMO labeling legislation in 2014, according to a Bloomberg News article available here. The New York and Hawaii legislatures may also consider similar legislation. So far, only Connecticut and Maine have approved labeling, but the legislation will not take effect until other states follow. Details on state labeling initiatives are available here.
“We expect to see legislative proposals around the country, and we will continue to work to educate and engage with legislators,” said Louis Finkel, executive vice president for government affairs at the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
For more information on food labeling, please visit the National Agricultural Law Center’s website here.