A wrap-up of GMO-related headlines and developments.
Requiring food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients will not increase food prices at the supermarket, according to an independent study released this week by Just Label It. The study, conducted by food marketing expert Kai Robertson, found no evidence connecting changes in food labels to supermarket prices
GMO labeling advocates are suffering from a bad case of déjà vu this week. Just like last year’s defeat of a California ballot initiative that would have required labeling of food products that contain genetically modified ingredients, money is flowing in to defeat Washington’s 522 GMO labeling ballot initiative.
Agriculture officials in Washington state are testing samples of alfalfa after a farmer reported his hay was rejected for export because it tested positive for a genetically modified trait that was not supposed to be in his crop. If it is confirmed that the alfalfa in question was genetically modified, it could have broad ramifications, said Hector Castro, spokesman at the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
In a new satirical report, The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi discovers that greedy farmers have threatened the livelihood of Monsanto’s heroic patent attorneys. Featuring Indiana corn and soy farmer Troy Roush of Food Inc.