Lobbyists for leading pesticide and junk food companies aren't very creative, at least when it comes to fighting labels on genetically-engineered foods. The current effort Washington State against labeling is looking strikingly similar to last year's in California.
This November, voters in Washington State will get to decide whether or not people should have the right to know if there are genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the food they buy when they vote on Initiative 522.
The raging debate about the merits and hazards of GMO crops is too vast a topic to tackle in one film, much less one film review. But Jeremy Seifert's GMO OMG offers a thoughtful, sincere exploration of the befuddling world of biotech.
Consumers who attempt to make "responsible" buying and eating decisions might want to reduce their purchase of GM food products for any one of a number of reasons. Or they might not. But in order to make that choice, labeling of GM products would be required.
While some may prefer a national solution to labeling GE foods versus going state by state, history has shown that Washington, D.C. is gridlocked and we won't get movement at the federal level until the states take action on this issue.
The out-of-control biotechnology industry is on the defensive, and it's up to us to keep the momentum going. The next major battlefield in the campaign against genetically engineered foods is the fight to label them, so the public is able to avoid these products at the market.
You may have seen the study, with 'smoking gun' headlines, showing a correlation between severe stomach inflammation and GM feed in pigs. Take a closer look and you will see it is indeed a stinging indictment, but not of GM feed.
Proponents of recent legislation to label GMOs are facing a bruising food fight, given that the biotech and food industries have spent massive amounts of money to combat earlier GMO-labeling proposals.
Last week, as it did last year, the U.S. Senate voted on an amendment supporting the rights of states to enact their own laws requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods. The amendment was offered to the Senate Farm Bill by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) but failed 27 to 71.