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October 24, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I-522: We must not be passive consumers

Cindy Black, right, and Jill Hill park a car with a giant apple on top that promotes a "yes" vote on I-522 in Washington state -- which would require genetically engineered foods to be labeled as such -- Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in Tacoma, Wash.

Cindy Black, right, and Jill Hill park a car with a giant apple on top that promotes a “yes” vote on I-522 in Washington state — which would require genetically engineered foods to be labeled as such — Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in Tacoma, Wash.

A yes vote on I-522 will give people power and take away from corporate agriculture

The top five contributors to No on 522 are: Grocery Manufacturers Association, DuPont Pioneer, Dow AgroScience LLC, Monsanto Company, and Bayer Crop Science.

Grocery Manufacturers Association wields enormous lobbying power on behalf of its members. This lobbying power has lead to farm bills favorable to those four large chemical companies and not at all favorable to independent farmers not wanting to use GMO seeds, insecticides, herbicides or fertilizers manufactured by DuPont, Dow, Monsanto, and Bayer. Because of the control these companies are gaining in Congress (from Democrats and Republicans) they are gaining control of food in this country.

Yes on I-522 will give us, the people, more control over our food and take some away from corporate agriculture and a corporate-controlled Congress.

Yes on I-522 is a rare opportunity not to be missed, to flex our citizen muscles and not be passive consumers of a list of bad choices offered from these chemical companies masquerading as food companies. Information is power. Inform yourself.

Aaron Lowin, Seattle

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