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Washington votes against GMO labeling – preliminary results

Washington votes against GMO labeling – preliminary results | GMO Salmon | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

Connecticut made history this June by becoming the first state to require the labeling of foods that had been genetically altered. 

In 2012 a similar bill was struck down in California after a $45 million campaign by Monsanto and its cohorts (proposition 37)

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Official Website of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer: Press Releases - Boxer, DeFazio Introduce Bill to Require Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods

Official Website of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer: Press Releases - Boxer, DeFazio Introduce Bill to Require Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods | GMO Salmon | Scoop.it
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) today introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, bipartisan legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to...
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The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act has broad support from organizations and businesses, including the Center for Food Safety, Consumers Union, Environmental Working Group, Just Label It, the National Farmers Union, Stonyfield Farms, Consumer Federation of America, AllergyKids Foundation, National Cooperative Grocers Association, New England Farmers Union, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Center for Environmental Health, Chefs Collaborative, Label GMOs, Alaska Trollers Association, Ben & Jerry’s, Clif Bar & Company, Lundberg Family Farms, Nature’s Path, Annie’s Inc., and many others. For a list of more of the groups supporting the bill, click here.

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FAO - News Article: Coordinated efforts in aquaculture needed to meet global demand

FAO - News Article: Coordinated efforts in aquaculture needed to meet global demand | GMO Salmon | Scoop.it

Over 50 countries endorsed the Global Aquaculture Advancement Partnership (GAAP) programme, which will bring together governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to find sustainable solutions to meeting the need for fish products.

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Did the USA endorse the Global Aquaculture Advancement Partnership (GAAP) programme?

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Kauai County Council Overrides Mayor's Veto, GMO Bill Safe

Kauai County Council Overrides Mayor's Veto, GMO Bill Safe | GMO Salmon | Scoop.it
After a cunning political maneuver, the Kauai County Council has overridden Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho’s veto of Bill 2491, freeing the way for the GMO-related bill.
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Bill 2491, which passed a County Council vote on Oct. 16 will force producers to disclose what genetically engineered crops they grow on Kauai

Mayor Carvalho vetoed the bill two weeks after its passage, citing concerns over its legal standing. 

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Why You Should Care About GMO Legislation

Why You Should Care About GMO Legislation | GMO Salmon | Scoop.it
In Hawaii, legislation is moving forward that bans spraying pesticides and growing GMOs. But Hawaii isn't alone: Twenty-eight states have introduced bills relating to genetically modified crops...
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Alaska unanimously passed a resolution opposing AquaBounty’s petition to produce genetically engineered salmon in the state. In Alaska, environmental impacts, especially related to cross-breeding, and health impacts of consuming the fish were major factors in passing the resolution, which also urges more research be conducted.

The Food and Drug Administration does not conduct tests itself, but depends on producers to evaluate and certify the safety of their own products — although Monsanto claims the FDA is responsible for the safety of genetically modified products.

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