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September 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Corporations say no to Initiative 522 in Washington

Contributors pursue economic self-interest

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.]

The article on the Initiative 522 campaign states that a total of eight donors have contributed $11.6 million to the NO on I- 522, with Monsanto throwing in $4.8 million and DuPont Pioneer $3.4 million. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 25.]

These two companies are heavily invested in the promotion of genetically modified products, and it is very likely that the other six contributors are pursuing their economic self-interest.

It brings to mind a comment that, as campaign contributions come more and more from wealthy self-interests, those with colossal fortunes are in effect the trustees for the public.

Is this what the voters of Washington want? The source of the contributions says it all.

Iona Stenhouse, Seattle

Comments | More in Economy, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: dupont pioneer, food, genetically modified foods

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