The Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) has released a new report about what would happen if Initiative 522 passes.
I-522 would require food manufacturers to label genetically modified products. The race has become hotly contested and is drawing money from out-of-state donors.
The report, commissioned by key legislative committees in the state Senate and House, shows foods from genetifically modified crops are substantially equivalent in nutrition compared to non-genetically modified crops and that roughtly 70 percent of the processed foods in U.S. supermarkets contain genetically modified ingredients.
The report also shows it is unclear how much prices would increase. Experts believe the regulatory oversight and lab work would be more costly than the actual labels.
WSAS co-chairs and members emphasize that neither the committee nor the Academy itself advocate or recommend approval or rejection of I-522 but rather seeks to provide an unbiased evidence base related to the Initiative.