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United Farm Workers Endorses Yes on 522

Washingtonians should have the right to know what’s in their food—and how it is grown 

SEATTLE— The United Farm Workers announced its support if Initiative 522, the Washington ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods. Read More »

Nature’s Path Endorses Yes on 522

SEATTLE, WA — Nature’s Path, a Washington company with 200 employees in Blaine, endorsed the Yes on 522 campaign today. Read More »

Washington Conservation Voters Endorses Yes on 522

SEATTLE, WA — Yes on 522 is happy to announce that it received the endorsement of Washington Conservation Voters today. Washington Conservation Voters is the state’s the political voice for Washington’s environmental community, advocating for strong environmental policies that safeguard the health of Washington’s communities. Read More »

Washington Toxics Coalition Endorses Yes on 522

Washington Toxics Coalition Endorses Yes on 522
Washingtonians should have the right to know what’s in their food

SEATTLE— The Washington Toxics Coalition announced today that it is supporting Yes on 522 – the campaign to label genetically engineered foods. Read More »

Washington State Nurses Association Endorses Yes on 522

Information is critical when making important health care decisions

SEATTLE— The Washington State Nurses Association has endorsed Initiative 522, to label genetically engineered foods. Washington State Nurses Association endorsed Yes on 522 because they felt providing more information for consumers and health care professionals to make decisions about what is best for their health is critical. Read More »

Ben & Jerry’s Endorses Yes on 522

SEATTLE, WA — Yes on 522 is excited to announce the support of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, spoke this morning on why Ben & Jerry’s is supporting Initiative 522 and the importance of labeling genetically engineered foods.

“Ben & Jerry’s is thrilled to be joining Whole Foods Market, PCC Natural Markets, Nature’s Path, Dr. Bronner’s and the growing coalition of businesses, organizations, and people supporting Yes on I-522. Cherry Garcia, Half-Baked, Chunky Monkey, Phish Food, collectively contain hundreds of ingredients, and we believe you have the right to know what they are and where they came from. We support Initiative 522 because we support transparency and our customers’ right to know what’s in their food.” -Jerry Greenfield

“We are proud to have Ben & Jerry’s support. Companies that make food should be proud to tell you what’s in it. Ben & Jerry’s sources hundreds of ingredients and have made changes to how they source without raising the price of a pint of ice cream.” –Delana Jones, campaign manager, Yes on 522

About Yes on 522: Yes on 522 provides Washington consumers with more information about what’s in the food they eat and feed their families. More than 350,000 signatures were collected to get I-522 on the November 2013 ballot—second highest number of signatures gathered for an Initiative to the Legislature in state history.

Yes on 522 launches with strong statewide support and over $1 million raised

SEATTLE, WA — Today marks the launch of the Yes on 522 – the campaign to label genetically engineered foods. Yes on 522 kicks off with strong and widespread support from around the state and, to date, has raised more than $1 million.

Earlier this year a committed group of concerned citizens brought together thousands of volunteers to collect over 340,000 signatures of voters from all over the state. And now, community groups, farmers, businesses, health care professionals, Republicans and Democrats, moms and dads, and fishing families have come together to showcase their support of I-522. Here’s what people and businesses are saying about Yes on 522:

“This issue is about transparency and the consumer’s right to make informed decisions. We believe that growers using genetically modified seed, and producers using the products grown from those seeds, have an obligation to share that information with their public. And the price paid by the food industry for relabeling is a pittance compared to the distrust that increasingly results from their concealment. We are in favor of I-522. At Whole Foods Market we Will Vote for Food.” — Joe Rogoff, President, Whole Foods Market, Pacific Northwest Region

“PCC Natural Markets has used the affidavit system that I-522 would put in place for years. It has not caused any undue burden or cost.” –Trudy Bialic, Public Affairs Director, PCC Natural Markets

“Over 60 countries either ban or require labeling of genetically modified foods. As a Washington wheat farmer this concerns me because at least 85% of our crop goes overseas. Not labeling genetically modified wheat could cause loss of overseas market share and have a real economic impact to my farm.” –Lynn Polson, farmer and member to save our farm markets

“The risks of genetically modified organisms are astronomical to wheat farmers like me– we could risk losing our market share.” –Tom Stahl, wheat farmer, Waterville Read More »