I-522 GMO labeling measure gets little support outside King County

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SEATTLE — By 54-46%, Washington state’s voters were soundly rejecting Initiative 522, which would require labels on products containing genetically modified organisms, the latest election results showed Wednesday afternoon.
i-522The hotly contentious issue might have spurred the most expensive political campaign in the state’s history – it’s been reported that more than $30 million has been spent and most of it came from out-of-state donors.
On Wednesday afternoon, with more than 1 million votes counted, the measure was being rejected 54-46% statewide, with only King, Whatcom, San Juan and Jefferson counties supporting the proposal. I-522 saw its largest defeat in the state’s smallest county. Garfield County voted 82 percent against the measure, a clear message from a community where two-thirds of the land is occupied by farms.

Pro-Initiative 522 campaign manager Delana Jones refused to concede after initial results were released, pointing out there are thousands of ballots still to be counted.

See the county-by-county breakdown of votes on Initiative 522 here.

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  • sears1234

    Everyone knows GMO food is not as good as naturally grown one, and I thought everyone should vote "yes" to I-522. But looking at the whole statewide, it is clearly not that case,


    Big $$$ is one factor, another bigger reason is most of farmers in our state are building or creating GMO foods and products, their lifes are relied on these GMO food, sigh :(

    If I-522 is passed, most of them will temporarily lose job.

    Read more:

    • christine SanJuan

      I think the reason they didn't get all the votes they of i-522 wanted was because THEY DID NOT ADVERTISE ENOUGH! I for one have been on you tube this whole last month just learning how dangerous GMO is. Not one time did I see a video inviting me to vote yesterday! I just found out today!!!!!! If only you had advertised this situation more! Maybe through the mail? maybe through you tube? I think their should be another vote! I think I-522 should ADVERTISE more!!!!!! I missed the vote because I wasn't aware of it at all! So it's not fair!

    • Robert Wager

      "everyone except these science organizations:
      The GM products that are currently on the international market have all passed risk assessments conducted by national authorities. These different assessments in general follow the same basic principles, including an assessment of environmental and human health risk. These assessments are thorough, they have not indicated any risk to human health. WHO 2013

      Moreover, the AAAS Board said, the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal Society, and “every other respected organization that has examined the evidence has come to the same conclusion: consuming foods containing ingredients derived from GM crops is no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques.”

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