Tom Davis, a lobbyist for the Washington Farm Bureau, said GMOs are "a national issue [that] should stay a national issue. ... We don't need a patchwork state-by-state [system] of labeling requirements that will make it even more complicated for the folks in the food industry to do business."
A recent study found that people who consumed GMO rice have small amounts of ribonucleic acid---genetic coding---from the rice in their DNA. Whether this is harmful remains an open question, but the finding highlights how much we don't actually know about the food we consume.
GMO-Free Washington has made the bill its top priority for the current legislative session.