On Biotech: People 2, Fearmongers 0!
When you think Washington State and politics, you think blue, as in a solidly liberal, Democrat state. Yet, on Tuesday, the people of Washington State spoke relatively authoritatively, rejecting an initiative that would have required foods containing genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled. The vote was 54.8% opposed to labeling and 45.2% in favor of it. This follows a failed bid in sunny, liberal California that attempted in 2012 to do the same thing.
I have written at length about the harms caused anti-technology luddites attempting to restrict GMO foods or trying to get them treated as if they are strange and different. Others and myself and have also written of the virtues of biotech crops.
If environmental lobbyists can’t win in California or Washington, they should move on to another scare story.
Fortunately, the good citizens of these two states saw the arguments for labeling for just what they were, hype, and recognized the fact that biotech food is ubiquitous and has been shown to be safe in crop after crop, product after product.
The starving and malnourished people of the world should rejoice over the common sense displayed by the citizens in CA and WA in the past year. I know I do!