Food Engineering

Advocacy group clears first hurdle in genetically engineered food labeling initiative

I-522, an initiative to label genetically engineered foods, has been submitted to Washington's secretary of state

January 8, 2013

New voice emerges in the debate over genetically modified foods

Label It Wa, a Washington state-based genetically modified (GM) food labeling advocacy group, submitted its petition to WA’s secretary of state on Jan. 3. I-522, “The People’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Foods Act,” accumulated over 350,000 signatures. In WA, 241,153 valid signatures are required to submit an initiative to the state. The state legislature has the option to adopt I-552 during its next scheduled session. If the legislature chooses not to, I-522 would appear on the Nov. 2013 ballot and be decided by popular vote. Read I-522 here.