GMO Foods

Opponents of genetically engineered crops in Oregon want state lawmakers to allow local governments to ban those crops. The measure under consideration would reverse a bill approved during a special session less than three years ago.

J.R. Simplot Co.

A major Idaho agribusiness company is seeking federal approval to market a second genetically engineered potato. 

The J.R. Simplot Co. won approval for its first potato late last year. The Innate potato, as it’s branded, is due to be the first genetically engineered spud on the market -- a newcomer that just last month was the center of attention in a spot on comedy news program the Daily Show.

Simplot dubbed it “Innate” because the inserted genes come from other potatoes.

The Idaho legislature approved a resolution Friday on genetically engineered food.

Idaho Lawmaker Wants National System For GMO Labels

Feb 24, 2015

An Idaho lawmaker and farmer said the state should press the federal government to establish a national labeling system for genetically engineered foods -- before states create their own.

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The most expensive initiative in Oregon history appears headed for a recount.

Oregonians Will Vote On GMO Labeling Initiative

Jul 23, 2014
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Oregonians will get the chance to vote on whether food companies should label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. An initiative to do that qualified for the November ballot Wednesday.

Oregon GMO Labeling Campaign Submits Signatures

Jul 2, 2014
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Oregon voters may get the chance to require food companies to label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. Sponsors of an initiative to require that turned in more than 150,000 signatures Wednesday in an effort to make the ballot this November. Opponents have already denounced the measure.

If you’ve turned on your TV in Washington over the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard countless commercials for Initiative 522. The ballot measure proposes to label genetically modified foods sold in the state. But behind all the campaign rhetoric, researchers have raised environmental questions about genetically modified crops.

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In the food business, everything comes down to that moment when a shopper studies a label and decides whether to buy or move on. That’s why food producers have a big interest in Washington’s Initiative 522 on the ballot next month. It would require foods with genetically engineered ingredients to have a label on the front of the package. Supporters say consumers have a right to know what’s in their food. But some companies worry the law could dramatically change how their products are seen.

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.

Until this week, activists in some Oregon counties were pushing to ban genetically modified crops, sometimes referred to as GMOs. Now they are now looking at a statewide initiative.

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.

The so-called "Grand Bargain" has passed in Salem. Oregon lawmakers have approved all five of the bills on their special session agenda.

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.

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Washington State agriculture officials announced today that genetically modified alfalfa was found in a field where it shouldn’t have been. Growing the crop is legal in the United States, but it’s not clear if the mix-up will upset sensitive export markets.

The Washington state initiative that calls for labeling genetically modified foods will impact food producers in the state and those that sell here. Some feel it will cost them more, others see it as a chance to expand their market.

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The first bushels of Northwest wheat are coming off honey-colored fields in southeast Washington.

Who's Ready For Biotech Wheat?

Jul 1, 2013
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Most of the corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified. But not wheat. That’s why it was so surprising when Roundup-resistant wheat was discovered in an Oregon field last month. The finding triggered an outcry from food safety advocates and an ongoing investigation by the government. As Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media reports, many farmers say they would like biotechnology in wheat to help feed a hungry world, but it’s not what everyone’s hungry for.

One of the country's leading suppliers of french fries is asking the federal government to approve genetically modified potatoes. The USDA announced the move Friday by the J.R. Simplot Company of Idaho. It would be the only genetically engineered potato on the market.

Simplot has branded them Innate potatoes. The company figured out how to use existing potato DNA to design a spud that’s less prone to dark spots. It also produces less acrylamide when cooked. Acrylamide is a neurotoxin found in many foods. Studies on animals have indicated it may also cause cancer.