Washington, a state in the north west corner of the United States, put forth a bill that would require all seeds and foods that were Genetically Engineered or from Genetically Modified Organisms to be labeled by 2015.
The lack of transparency and GMO education in the food markets allows for health and environmental hazards. Additionally, the impacts of Genetically Engineered crops have detrimental environmental effects. These include creating stronger weed and insect resistance that change the ecosystems. The Genetically Engineered crops also have the ability to kill off other crops due to their engineered state. The bill (Initiative 522) was voted on and defeated in November of 2013 by a vote of 51% to 48%. In November 2013, Initiative 522 that would require labeling of Genetically Engineered food was defeated. However, there is still many organizations that are attempting to create this change, including yesto522.com The movement to have GMO labeled food is not confined to the state of Washington in the United States. Across the country local, state and national campaigns have begun to target food producers to begin labeling or even move away from using GMO food in their products. The movement began in 1996 when GMOs began being widespread however the movement has grown in the past 3 years. While this movement is relatively new there has been a lot of action by two main organizations: Non-GMO Project and GMO Inside. In 2014, GMO Inside began targeting General Mills and Kellogg and asking them to change their production to non-GMO foods only. Currently, they state that GMOs are safe, however other companies including Kashi have begun offering GMO free options.