Transparency in the labeling of genetically modified (GMO) food experienced a setback in the Senate. 49 countries around the world do require open GMO labeling; unfortunately, the issue has had its struggles in the United States. In California, voters will have an opportunity to voice their opinion in an initiative appearing on this November's ballot. Monsanto, a major culprit in the GMO industry, threatened to sue the state for GMO labeling. While most Republicans voted against the measure, 28 Democrats were also among those who helped to defeat the amendment. In addition to California, nine of those states, Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia, voted in support of open GMO labeling.
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