November 10, 2013
“I believe it is none of our business what we’re putting in our mouths,” Stephen Colbert joked about Washington’s GMO labeling bill on Wednesday night. “I want genetically modified foods. Because you are what you eat and I’m hoping one day a mutant tomato can give me heat vision.”
On Tuesday, voters in Washington state rejected a ballot measure that would have required the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. While more mail-in ballots are still to be counted, Initiative 522 was failing 46 percent to 54 percent as of Wednesday evening, reported the Associated Press.
The $46 million raised by opponents of the initiative, including Monsanto Co., DuPont Pioneer and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, topped the $7.9 million raised by supporters. Only six percent of all funds raised came from within Washington state, noted the AP.