Packaged food in Washington State won’t be subject to a GMO labeling requirement. A ballot initiative that would require companies to label the presence of genetically modified ingredient food products failed to secure enough votes. As it currently stands Initiative 522 lost 45 percent yes to 55 percent no. The final total should change slightly in the coming days but it is clear the initiative has failed.
|By: DSWright Thursday June 20, 2013 12:16 pm|
Agribusiness monopoly Monsanto is facing class action lawsuits after its genetically modified wheat was found in areas it was never approved to be in. Monsanto still claims it is mystified and that all its experimental GMO wheat was destroyed.
The search for the rogue wheat is still ongoing.
|By: DSWright Wednesday June 5, 2013 8:30 am|
Everyone’s favorite agribusiness monopoly is having problems in Europe. Unlike in America where the company can bribe its way to legal immunity Europe has something America had many years ago – the rule of law and democratic accountability. Unfortunately for Monsanto this means when farmers and consumers object to more frankenfood they have to give up, at least for now.
|By: cgibson Wednesday May 15, 2013 5:58 pm|
Here’s a cool new toy. A popular article on Forbes today details a new smart phone app called “Buycott,” which is catching the attention of shoppers who want to make sure their money spent on groceries and other basic products isn’t enriching corporations with bad records on social and environmental responsibility.
|By: DSWright Tuesday April 16, 2013 2:40 pm|
As the United States Supreme Court decides the limits (or lack thereof) of patenting life, Monsanto is positioning itself to dominate the gene market. After a lengthy legal battle with DuPont and subsequent settlement, Monsanto will likely become the largest Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) company in the world.
|By: Swopa Friday January 4, 2013 8:01 pm|
Well, just a second here. I’m all in favor of being open-minded and pursuing the truth no matter where it leads, but the type of gut-instinct opposition to GMO that Lynas now decries isn’t nearly the same thing as the fiercely defiant ignorance (usually appealing to tribal resentments) we see conservatives use to rationalize otherwise indefensible policies like rejecting action on climate change — an example that Lynas uses to defend his shift in views.
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 12, 2012 11:39 am|
Over the past few weeks Monsanto, DuPont and other large corporations have flooded California with millions of dollars in ads against Proposition 37, which would require the labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients. Two new polls confirm the well-funded negative campaign has managed to significantly reduce support for the ballot measure.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday September 27, 2012 11:50 am|
This initiative is one of the few statewide ballot measures this November that could have national ramifications. If this initiative is approved, it may not be financially viable for companies to produce both national and California-specific packaging. It could indirectly force many food companies to label the presence of GM ingredients across the country. At the very least, if this initiative wins it could encourage other states to follow suit.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday September 26, 2012 11:02 am|
Across the country this November voters will be deciding the fate of about 173 state ballot measures. Many of these measures deal with relatively minor issues, like an amendment to correct a constitutional mistake relating to the oath of office requirement in North Dakota. Several of the measures could result in important policy changes in their respective states, but the impact will be almost exclusively local.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 20, 2012 10:25 am|
There are 11 measures qualified for the ballot in California, but new polling by the California Business Roundtable and Pepperdine University shows only five initiatives polling over 50 percent. Of those five which have a decent chance of passing, the three most noteworthy initiatives have to do with the labeling of genetically modified food, reforming the state’s notorious three strikes law, and union political spending.