October 15, 2013
November’s ballot initiative to label genetically modified food has caused a large split between local action and out-of-state funding.
Initiative 522 will ask voters whether the state should enforce labeling on genetically modified foodstuffs when sold in Washington.
“This measure would require most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, and seeds and seed stocks, if produced using genetic engineering, as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale,” the Nov. 5 ballot reads.
The question has stirred the state on both sides of the Cascades, and Issaquah residents and leaders have taken to the issue.
September 17, 2013
Jerry Greenfield, the titular co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, stopped by the Issaquah Highlands Sept. 13 to share his support for labeling genetically modified foods.
Hosted by State Sen. Mark Mullet, who owns a Ben & Jerry’s franchise on 10th Avenue Northeast, Greenfield showed up to lead an event bringing attention to state Initiative 552, which would mandate food producers to label genetically modified foods if passed on the November ballot.
“We’ve been in the area for a week, scooping out free Ben & Jerry’s and having a grand time,” Greenfield said. “Ben & Jerry’s is courting yes on I-552.”