While only one other U.S. state—Vermont—mandates GE labeling, as of April there were at least 65 active GE labeling bills in 26 states, according to Center for Food Safety. This includes an Oregon state-wide initiative to label GMOs, up for a vote in November.
Over 60 countries around the world have passed GE labeling legislation.
“More than 90 percent of Americans say they want to know if food is produced using genetic engineering. The FDA does not require labeling, but states can impose that requirement,” said Spector, adding there will likely be future attempts to pass similar legislation in California.
According to an Organic Consumers Association statement about the California vote, “The grassroots team behind that legislation is not defeated—it’s invigorated. Activists will regroup, and make another run at lawmakers next year.”
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