On Friday Oct. 5, the NPA Northwest announced a $10,000 donation in support of I-522, the proposed Washington State ballot initiative to label genetically modified foods. This donation was made in memory of Craig Winters, a well-known activist from Washington State who was a founder of the grassroots advocacy group Citizens for Health in 1992 and the Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods in 1999. He was also the 2004 recipient of the distinguished NPA NW Pioneer Award.
The NPA Northwest also pledged in support of this initiative to match donations up to an additional $10,000 made before Oct. 31 in celebration of Non-GMO Month. A $10,000 check was presented to representatives from Label it WA by NPA NW Board President Nick Pascoe at the region's annual meeting during its trade show in Seattle.
Pascoe noted: "The Northwest Region has a long history of supporting GMO labeling. Our NW board felt this was a unique opportunity to make a difference and advance the right of consumers to know what is in their food." Outgoing NPA NW Treasurer Gavin McComas added: "It’s been our organization's stated policy for over a decade that GMO foods should be labeled. This decision was a chance for us to put our money where our mouth is."
Donations to be matched can be made to LabelitWa, PO Box 65018, University Place, WA 98464. Checks are best, since a fee is deducted to service electronic donations. When paying by check and to qualify for matching funds, reference "NPA NW match" in the subject line. For more information about the initiative WA I-522, go to labelitwa.org or call LabelitWA at 253-256-1921.
The Natural Products Association Northwest (NPA NW) is a non-profit professional trade association dedicated to the natural/organic foods and products industry that supports health and wellness. npanw.org.
Founded in 1972 the NPA NW is a chartered region of the NPA national organization that offers education and networking opportunities to natural foods retailers, and addresses both state and federal legislative issues on behalf of our industry members. One of five regions, the NW now represents nine states: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.