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The Ballot Initiative in Jackson County, Oregon Featured Article

By Lisa Drake
Government Affairs 

Like many companies, we often advocate for policies we think are sound, and oppose those we think are not.  And that advocacy sometimes includes support for campaigns about ballot initiatives. 

For instance, we recently were part of a coalition that opposed state ballot initiatives in California and Washington State that would have imposed complex and confusing requirements for the mandatory labeling of GMO foods.  We contributed a total of about $13.5 million to support coalitions that opposed these measures, while the total spent by those who shared our concerns was about $66 million. Like us, … Full Article »

Taking a Stand on Washington’s I-522: Misleading and Increase Food Costs Featured Article

I-522 is a ballot initiative that Washington state voters will decide in November 2013. The measure would require a warning label on thousands of food products that include an ingredient from genetically modified (GM) crops; it also includes other provisions that would negatively impact Washington farmers, food companies and ultimately, consumers and taxpayers. We want to be clear about why we have joined farmers, researchers and scientists, biotechnology companies and businesses as well as doctors among others as part of a broad coalition opposing I-522.

Today’s Labeling Landscape Promotes Choice in the Marketplace

Opinion surveys consistently report that consumers … Full Article »

Taking a Stand: Proposition 37, the California labeling proposal Featured Article

Proposition 37 is a ballot initiative Californians will vote on in November that would require a warning label on food products that include a genetically modified (GM) ingredient.  Food companies routinely use corn, soy or canola ingredients in their products, and have had the choice and used GM ingredients for a long time. The safety and benefits of these ingredients are well established.  The debate will be heating up in advance of the November vote in California, so we want to be clear about our taking a stand on Proposition 37. 

Consumers have broad food choices today, but could be … Full Article »