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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 24, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

Money matters

Initiative 522 supporters, who want labeling of GMO foods, gathered for a rally outside a Grocery Manufacturers Association meeting at the Westin Hotel in Seattle in August. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.]

Initiative 522 supporters, who want labeling of GMO foods, gathered for a rally outside a Grocery Manufacturers Association meeting at the Westin Hotel in Seattle in August. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.]

Thanks for the article on the Initiative 522 campaign. [“Familiar figures lead fight on GMOs,” page one, Sept. 23.]

Thanks for highlighting the chasm in money, with deep-pocketed anti-labeling forces outspending the pro-labeling side 5 to 1 in California, 3 to 1 in Washington.

I found it interesting that the anti-labeling activist from California who was quoted, Bob Goldberg, claims “the money doesn’t mean anything.” Obviously, the highly paid political consultants working on the anti-labeling campaign don’t believe they are wasting the millions of dollars their clients are spending to saturate our state with advertisements.

Monsanto sells billions of dollars’ worth of GMO seeds and the pesticides that go with them. That’s why the company pours millions of dollars that “don’t mean anything” into anti-labeling campaigns in California and Washington.

No matter what they say, Monsanto’s money means a lot to Goldberg, a biology professor who has professional ties to Monsanto, and it means a lot to the voters of the state of Washington.

Webster Walker, Seattle

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