Huge gap between cost estimates for GMO labels

Washington state voters will decide next month on the fate of Initiative 522, which would require special labels on some foods that have genetically modified ingredients.

Cost estimates for those labels vary widely, spokesman for both sides of the issue say.

“It won’t cost you a dime” is a catchphrase of the “Yes on 522” advertising campaign. Elizabeth Larter, communications director of the advocacy group, said that amount refers specifically to shoppers.

“It’s all about providing more information,” she said. “There has been no evidence of price increases in 64 countries that require labeling.”

At the “Vote no on 522,” media coordinator Brad Harwood referred all questions about the economic impact to Kriss Sjoblom, vice president of research and an economist at the Washington Research Council.

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