I'm disappointed by the seeming defeat of Washington State’s I-522 earlier this week. Although all of the ballots haven’t been counted yet so it hasn’t officially been called, the numbers don’t look good. At the moment, it looks as if it will be defeated 54 percent to 46 percent.
If the bill had passed, Washington would have been the first state to require that foods made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) be labeled as such.
Of course, one of the things that can take the sting out of something like this is the sarcastic spin that Stephen Colbert can put on it.
The defeat of I-522 is discouraging, but the battle isn't over yet. There are those that think if one state passes a GMO labeling law, the food manufacturers will eventually label all their products because creating separate packaging for separate states would be too difficult. That’s why when the voters in any one state have the opportunity to vote on it, those of us who want GMOs labeled get involved with spreading the word.
Last year, California had a similar initiative defeated. Maybe next year, another state will have it on the ballot and there will be another opportunity for the voters to give the entire country what they should have – the right to know what’s in their food.