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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 16, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Monsanto, Dupont fight Initiative 522 in Washington

It begs the question

A combine harvests wheat along the Oregon-Washington border. The source of a patch of genetically modified wheat found this spring in Oregon remains a mystery, and farmers say they are going ahead with plans to plant their winter crop. [AP Photo/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jeff Horner File]

A combine harvests wheat along the Oregon-Washington border. The source of a patch of genetically modified wheat found this spring in Oregon remains a mystery, and farmers say they are going ahead with plans to plant their winter crop. [AP Photo/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jeff Horner File]

The Times reported that DuPont Pioneer has joined with Monsanto in donating millions of dollars to try to defeat Initiative 522, which would require foods with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled. [“Agribusinesses give nearly $8 million to campaign against GMO labeling,” seattletimes.com, Sept. 13.]

If the genetically modified grains these companies sell are at least as healthful to consumers as are the non-modified grains, why are they trying to hide the fact that such grains are included in what we eat?

They should be perhaps using those millions to promote their products instead of fighting disclosure, shouldn’t they?

Tom Wingard-Phillips, Seattle

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