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October 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Initiative 522: It’s part of evolution

Dangers of food production don’t exist

Initiative 522 amounts to fear mongering by “natural food” manufacturers and retailers [“GMO labeling will cost— but how much can’t be determined,” page one, Oct. 10].

Fact is, we have relied on genetically modified foods since the Neolithic Revolution, enabling the exponential increase in the population and improving the health and longevity of the human race.

Our worldwide staples of rice, corn, potatoes and wheat are only dimly related to their natural wild forebears. Was Luther Burbank, who developed improved strains of peaches, plums, blackberries and potatoes, a mad scientist?

We should not stigmatize the mass of perfectly good food with scary labels that imply danger where it does not actually exist. Consumers truly concerned about GMOs can search for “organic” and “no GMO” labels.

Constance Hellyer, Seattle

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