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October 27, 2013 at 7:05 AM

GMOs will still be in our food and are not dangerous

A yes vote on I-522 will only increase irrational fear of GMOs

I think there is a very important piece of the I-522 discussion that is not being verbalized [“I-522: Ads stretch truth on what foods would be labeled, left out,” page one, Oct. 23].

I will be voting no on I-522, but not because it is “misleading” or will “be expensive” or due to other popular reasons for voting against it. There are many people saying that we need to vote yes on this measure because it is our right as consumers to know the content of our food. I completely agree. However, I do not see why it is imperative that we label GMOs.

There is no credible evidence that GMOs are dangerous for human consumption. None. If there were actually a health risk, the FDA and other departments would remove these products from production. Don’t believe this? Go look on the websites of unbiased researchers.

I think that it is important to vote no, because voting yes increases people’s irrational fear that ingesting GMOs will morph them and change their DNA. I think we do a disservice to others by encouraging this fear. There are more important things we should be doing with our time than being gullible to these arguments, and there are definitely better campaigns to get behind and donate your money to than this one!

Honestly, it does not matter how this vote turns out, because at the end of the day, GMOs are still in your food, and they are still not dangerous.

Karla Ruff, Seattle

Comments | More in Food/nutrition | Topics: I-522, initiative 522

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