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The label fight comes north

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It didn’t fly in California. Maybe it will take off here in Washington. The sponsors of Initiative 522 filed petitions with about 350,000 signatures with the Secretary of State Thursday for the measure that would require “conspicuous” labels on any commercial food containing genetically modified ingredients. The measure is an initiative to the Legislature. The Legislature may adopt it, offer an alternative, or send it on for a vote of the people. The latter choice is always most likely. If the usual patterns are followed we will be treated to a new season of accusations and counter accusations, emotional and dubious argument, big money thrown around on behalf of one special interest or another, cloaking a desire for commercial gain, all over a requirement with no real point other than to scare people away from market rivals and the kinds of food one side dislikes.

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