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October 24, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Follow the European Union and label GMO foods

How much does it cost to change a label?

The ads we’ve seen show a physician on one side of the argument and a nutritionist on the other. Both well-credentialed. So whom do we believe? I don’t know. But I can use my common sense to figure this one out.

First, how long does it take to change a label? A few minutes for one person on a computer. The cost? Pretty negligible. Companies change their labels all the time for one reason or another. No big deal. So how would I-522 cost the public millions? It wouldn’t.

The cost of relabeling our foods would be to those corporations (Coca-Cola, Nestle, Pepsi, Campbell’s Soup, Hershey, Kellogg’s, Hormel and more who contributed mightily to the anti I-522 campaign). These companies know that a whole bunch of people won’t buy their product if they know what’s in it. I want to know what’s in my food so that I can decide for myself. Don’t you want to know, too?

Dozens of countries around the world — including the entire European Union, Australia, Brazil, Russia, China, Indonesia and South Africa, among others — already label their GMO foods. Whom has it hurt? Not the people. Don’t keep letting big corporations fool you into voting against your own best interests. Use your common sense.

Dana Heald, La Conner

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