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Efforts to Require GMO Labeling Continue

A bill has been introduced in the New Mexico Senate that would require the labeling of any food or commercial animal feed that contains more than one-percent genetically modified material by weight. Unlike Proposition 37 – which failed during the 2012 election in California – the measure will not be placed on a ballot for voters in the state. Instead – it will move through the committee process and then – if passed by the New Mexico Senate – will go to the state House. In Washington – voters could have a chance to vote on a measure to require special labeling of genetically modified foods. The measure’s sponsors turned in petitions signed by an estimated 350-thousand registered voters – all but assuring the GMO-labeling initiative will be certified by the Washington Secretary of State and sent on to the state legislature. The legislature could then either pass a labeling law or leave it to a popular vote on the election ballot this November. If adopted by the legislature or approved by the voters – Washington would become the first U.S. state to require all genetically modified seeds used by farmers as well as food with genetically altered ingredients be labeled as such.

The Seattle-based food cooperative PCC Natural Markets is pushing for the initiative’s passage. A spokeswoman says 62 countries ban, restrict or require labeling of genetically modified food. According to Trudy Bialic – Washington apple and wheat farmers would face a loss of exports if those products turned out to be genetically altered without being labeled.

There’s also a petition that has gathered 1.3-million signatures demanding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration require the labeling of all genetically modified food. The FDA has not responded to the petition. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.