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Farmers and Consumers Continue to Fight for GMO Labeling Bill in WA State

Grassroots organization of more than 650,000 Food Democracy Now! Urges Citizens to Call Voters in WA


With one day left in the election in Washington State, grassroots organization Food Democracy Now! is urging citizens everywhere to make calls to voters to urge them to vote Yes on 522, which would require GMO labeling in the state. Polls have shows that a majority of Washingtonians support the ballot initiative, if passed WA would be the first state to require GMO labeling with no strings attached.

Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now! a national grassroots movement of more than 650,000 farmers and citizens dedicated to building a sustainable food system said:

"In the span of the past 12 months, voters in two states will have gone to the polls to win something so basic as the right to know what's in their food. During this time, the world's largest chemical pesticide companies and giant food corporations have spent a combined total of $68 million dollars to hide the fact that 75% of the processed food in the U.S. has been genetically engineered in a laboratory and these companies make a huge profit by keeping Americans in the dark.

Right now, these same giant corporations are busy spending a war chest of $22 million to once again deceive voters.

Incredibly, Monsanto, Pepsi, Coke, Kraft, Kellogg's and General Mills already label their products in 64 other countries around the world! After spending $46 million to defeat Prop 37 in California, these same companies are now spending $22 million to kill labeling in Washington. The truth is, we all have the right to know what's in our food and corporations who profit from selling food to us and our families do not have the right to hide that information from us."

More than 150,000 members of Food Democracy Now! have taken action in favor of the passage of Yes on 522, a ballot measure mandating the labeling of GMO food products in the State.


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Food Democracy Now! is a grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families.