SEATTLE — The hotly contested fight over genetically engineered food labeling just smashed a state record, according to The Seattle Times. Initiative 522 opponents have raised a record $17.2 million. That’s more than any other campaign opposing a statewide ballot measure.
The newspaper says proponents of the measure to require labels on genetically altered foods have raised less than one-third of their opponents’ total, at $4.8 million. The ‘Yes on I-522’ campaign is getting money from businesses such as Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, which recently donated $500,000.
The No campaign is getting funds from organizations such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Monsanto and Dupont.
When you add the money both sides have spent together, the battle over this initiative is the second-costliest in state history.