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September 3, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods

The right to know

Transgenic soy plants are seen in an Argentina farm field.  [Juan Mabromata/AFP/GettyImages]

Transgenic soy plants are seen in an Argentina farm field. [Juan Mabromata/AFP/GettyImages]

In California, chemical companies like Monsanto spent millions of dollars to narrowly defeat a “Right to Know” ballot initiative that would have required food manufacturers to label foods produced with genetically engineered crops.

Consumers demanded information, but big corporations preferred we remain ignorant.

It’s not just the chemical companies that don’t want us to know what is in our food. The Grocery Manufactures Association (GMA) — a food industry trade association that represents the world’s largest branded food, beverage and consumer product companies — just donated 1.75 million dollars to defeat a similar ballot initiative (I-522) in Washington.

This group is willing to spend nearly $2 million to keep us in the dark about genetically engineered foods. It makes you wonder, what else they are hiding? Just what exactly are they putting in their products? We should have a right to know!

Elizabeth Kucinich, policy director of the Center for Food Safety, Washington, D.C.

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