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September 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Labeling genetically engineered foods in Washington

Science doesn’t support I-522

Initiative 522 supporters, who want genetically modified foods to be labeled, gathered for a rally outside a Grocery Manufacturers Association meeting at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.]

Initiative 522 supporters, who want genetically modified foods to be labeled, gathered for a rally outside a Grocery Manufacturers Association meeting at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.]

Initiative 522 on Washington’s November general election ballot — to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods — should be soundly defeated.

While popular among the uninformed, it is misguided and opposed by our state’s agricultural leaders. I-522 fosters needless fears and will cost consumers and taxpayers millions.

As a physician, I am concerned about the anti-science agenda being pushed by I-522 backers. Over 440 peer-reviewed scientific studies conducted over the past 20 years by such organizations as the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have shown GE foods are safe and even beneficial to farmers, consumers and the environment.

The American Medical Association has concluded there is no scientific justification for special labeling of bioengineered foods.

I-522 backers also fail to mention that a new state government bureaucracy would be needed to monitor the labels on countless products in each and every store across the state, without dedicating any money to pay for it.

Finally, I-522 creates a whole new class of lawsuits against farmers and food processors.

Please vote no on I-522.

Robert Wood, Seattle

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