State of Washington votes against GMO labeling on I-522 – preliminary results
The citizens of Washington State have voted against a bill that would have required the labeling of genetically altered foods, according to preliminary ballot results.
Tuesday’s ballots saw 35 counties out of 39 vote against the legislation backed by environmentalists. Counties Whatcom, King, Jefferson and San Juan were the only ones to vote for the labeling of GMO products.
The current figures are based on preliminary results, with confirmation expected by Friday. Washingtonians vote by absentee ballot which means the authorities will accept any ballot marked with November 5.
Supporters of the bill were severely outgunned in the campaign faced by corporate opposition from the likes of Monsanto, Pepsi and Nestle.
The multinationals invested a total of $22 million in convincing the state’s constituents they should vote against the mandatory labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients.
The legislation’s advocates could do little to compete with the multinationals, raising only $8.4 million. They believed that if the legislation were approved in Washington, then other States in the US would follow suit. Currently around 70 percent of processed foods in America are made using genetically modified ingredients like sugar beets, soy, and corn.