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Fri., June 14, 2013, 10:05 a.m.

GMO issue attracts interest

OLYMPIA – In another sign that Washington will be the national battleground this fall for the fight over genetically altered foods, opponents of a ballot measure requiring those products to be labeled raised almost $1 million last month.

None of it came from Washington state.

The No on I-522 campaign describes itself as “a broad coalition of Washington farmers, food producers, store owners, scientists, business and agricultural leaders, tax payers and consumers.”

So far, however, it is getting its money elsewhere. About half the $945,000 raised last month came from a national association of food and beverage manufacturers, which would be required to put labels on their products. Most of the rest came from chemical companies such as Monsanto that produce genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. More here. Jim Camden, SR

As you read yesterday, I was accosted by a stranger while buying corn at my local grocery store. How concerned are you about genetically modified foods?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.