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The latest vote tallies from Washington confirm voters have rejected an initiative to require labels for food containing genetically modified organisms.

Results of a ballot measure in Tuesday’s election in Washington to require labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients will reverberate throughout the nation’s food industry.

Washington voters decide Tuesday whether food containing genetically modified organisms should be labeled. Activists in Oregon are planning their own initiative.

Voters are about to decide whether Washington becomes the first state in the nation to label some genetically engineered foods.

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The state of Washington grows about 300 types of crops -- from the lush valleys north of Seattle, to the orchards of the Columbia Basin, to the rolling fields between Spokane and Walla Walla. And ask any of those farmers about Washington’s Initiative 522 and you’ll get every kind of answer. If passed this November, it would require labeling of genetically modified foods. The initiative would not ban GMOs, as they’re known. But it could have a big impact on Washington agriculture. Correspondent Anna King visited two family farms to get two very different perspectives.

Report Analyzes GMO Labeling Impacts

Oct 9, 2013
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Washington lawmakers wanted to know more about genetically modified foods and their impact. So they turned to the Washington State Academy of Science for some answers.

It’s the hottest issue on Washington’s fall ballot: an initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. But Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, says he hasn’t decided how he’ll vote on Initiative 522.

Agribusiness and the food industry have pumped a record $17 million into Washington state so far to defeat Initiative 522.

Oregon GMO Activists Look To Fight State Control

Oct 3, 2013
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Oregon lawmakers put the brakes on anti-GMO initiatives in four counties when they passed Senate Bill 863 this week. The bill prohibits local governments from banning genetically modified crops.

Opponents of genetic labels on food just got a $5 million boost. The donation from the Grocery Manufacturers Association sends the No On 522 campaign into the record books. More money is going against the genetic labeling initiative than against any other ballot measure in Washington history.