October 14, 2013 at 4:35 PM
I-522 and personal responsibility
Farmers must take action
This morning I noticed the label on my sold-by-the-case Costco-brand soy milk proudly displays “non-GMO” [“GMO labeling will cost — but how much can’t be determined,” page one, Oct. 10].
I finally realized Initiative 522 is not about protecting or attacking family farms or increasing farm costs. It’s about personal responsibility.
Farmers — family or corporate — need to take responsibility for the food they are peddling. In turn, I must take responsibility for the food I buy, and to do that, I need to know what’s in the package.
All the noise about labeling increasing food costs is pure hooey. We all know labels are constantly changing as food manufacturers compete to convince us their product tastes the best and is great for our health. The bottom line is that some people are concerned we wouldn’t buy their product if we knew it was genetically modified.
The solution isn’t to try to hide the truth. Instead, the solution is to stop peddling genetically modified food or convince the public that it’s safe. Food manufacturers and farmers need to step up to the plate and take responsibility for what they want us to buy and that means telling us what’s in the box.
Jim Weber, Tumwater
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