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Advanced seed chipping machines and their technicans inside Monsanto agribusiness headquarters, Missouri, 21 May 2009. Brent Stirton/GETTY2009 Getty Images
“You are what you eat.” So do you know what’s in your food? In Washington State, residents will vote in November, on “Initiative 522,” a genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling initiative. It would require retail food products and seed stocks that have been genetically engineered (GE) to be labeled as such. Opponents argue labeling will increase food costs and hurt the livelihood of farmers. If passed, Washington would become the first to implement labeling, which would then lead the way for other states. Currently, Connecticut and Maine have passed bills that would require labeling. However, the requirement of each of these bills cannot be triggered until several additional states enact similar laws. On a global scale, 64 nations require GE food labeling. Is it time for the U.S. to do the same?