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Mark Lynas: It’s bad science, but why GMO labels may be inevitable

| | October 16, 2013
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“In just about three weeks from now, on November 5, Washington State will likely pass a ballot initiative to label GMOs. Polling I’ve seen suggests two-thirds of voters currently approve of I-522. Those numbers may come down a bit, but my hunch is this particular battle is lost,” said Mark Lynas in his speech to the Center for Food Integrity Summit held in Chicago.

Lynas, a journalist and previously staunch opponent of GMOs who has now refined his position to support the technology, continued: “I’m told that it’s entirely possible that the ballot initiative could then be struck down as unconstitutional, so it being passed is not the end point. But as Churchill once said, it is certainly the end of the beginning. The strategy of fighting labelling state by state will have failed, and something new will have to take its place. Today I want to outline to you some ideas about what this something new might look like. But first, let’s be clear why this matters. I strongly believe that biotechnology is an essential part of the toolbox to feed the world sustainably in the future.”

Read the full, original story here: “We we need to label GMOs”

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