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June 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Genetically modified wheat scare in Oregon and Washington

Everyone has the right to know

Soft white wheat from Washington farmers is exported to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Mexico.  It is not genetically modified (GM) and many farmers, including the Maier family, are concerned about where the seeds for the recent discovery of a small amount of GM wheat in Oregon came from. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

Soft white wheat from Washington farmers is exported to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Mexico. It is not genetically modified (GM) and many farmers, including the Maier family, are concerned about where the seeds for the recent discovery of a small amount of GM wheat in Oregon came from. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

After reading the article about genetically modified (GM) wheat, I am left with one overriding thought: We all have the right to know. [“Wheat scare leaves farmers in rough spot,” page one, June 19.]

Washington wheat farmers have a right to know what the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has learned about Monsanto’s GM wheat found in Oregon. We have a right to know what is in our food.

This is why Washington needs to join the growing number of states demanding labeling of GM foods. If we give up our right to know what is in the food we eat or the seeds we plant, we are giving up our democracy.

The right to know is fundamental to American democracy. Stand with the wheat farmers now by demanding the USDA share its information now. Assert your personal rights and vote “yes” on Initiative 522 in November.

Erin Christie, Seattle

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