A classic, David-vs-Goliath confrontation is nearing a climax in the state of Washington, where grassroots supporters of I-522, a genetically modified food labeling bill that will be voted upon in early November, are waging battle against well-heeled corporate interests which are using their financial resources and influence to oppose the initiative.
The scenario eerily resembles what transpired in the state of California last fall, when a similar measure, Proposition 37, narrowly lost at the voting booth, largely due to a barrage of controversial and misleading advertisements taken out and paid for by the highly capitalized opposition. According to this report published on IntelliHub, opponents of I-522 – including many which participated in defeating Prop 37 – have raised over $11 billion to fight Washington’s food labeling bill, asserting that GM technology can offer greater nutrition, despite evidence to the contrary.
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At the same time, it’s even more troubling that the staunchest opponent to GMO food labeling, Monsanto, wields a tremendous amount of political influence on Capitol Hill, as noted by these headlines.
USDA Now Considers GMO Contamination ‘Normal’
by Anthony Gucciardi
Sep 22, 2013
House Extends Monsanto Protection Act
Sep 19, 2013
The Conflict of Interest between Justice Thomas and Monsanto Should Concern Us All
By Ilyssa Fuchs
May 31, 2013
Monsanto Has Tom Vilsack Under Its Thumb
By Krysta Loera
Ring of Fire
Posted on March 25, 2013
Why Obama Must Drop Michael Taylor
(former Monsanto lawyer)
By Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
Organic Consumers Association
Apr 20, 2012
Mark of the Beast: Obama’s latest Monsanto pick, Elena Kagan
May 15, 2010
While there would be ample cause for celebration if I-522 overcomes the odds and passes in November, the well-financed advertising campaigns deployed by the opposition assures that it will be an uphill battle, at best. Many countries have either banned GMO foods outright or have labeling laws in effect. Not so in the United States, where obesity runs rampant and chronic illness is a way of life. As the saying goes, “We are what we eat,” and much of what Americans are currently eating consists of genetically modified ingredients that are detrimental to our health and well-being.
Regardless of the outcome at the polls, residents of Washington state, as well as everyone around the world, can proactively neutralize the food toxins they ingest by taking organic sulfur on a daily basis.
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