Consumers have the right to know
This fall we have the opportunity to vote on our right to know if our food contains GMOs [“I-522 foe accused of campaign disclosure violation,” NWThursday, Oct. 17].
Eighty to 90 percent of us want labeling. But the opposition is pouring millions of dollars into promoting lies and confusion to defeat I-522. We’ve been receiving leaflets in the mail for a couple of weeks now. Look at the fine print at the bottom of those leaflets — the sponsors are Monsanto, Dow Chemical, Bayer, DuPont, and Grocery Manufacturing Association — the last was just sued by the state of Washington for a campaign-disclosure violation in relation to I-522.
The opponents of I-522 would have you believe that it will cost us more money, would be hard on producers and that there’s an illogical set of exemptions that would actually hinder consumers’ right to know. This is simply not true. Food already has to be labeled, for all kinds of things (nutritional info, artificial ingredients, country of origin). Producers are already in the habit of adjusting the labels periodically as requirements change.
Please inform yourself fully about I-522. I believe you’ll end up voting for it, so we can be fully informed about our food!
Annette Bader, Clinton