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October 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I-522: Draw your conclusions from evidence

Science points out that GMOs are safe for human consumption

As a senior in microbiology at the University of Washington, my education has been based upon making decisions and drawing conclusions from evidence [“I-522: Ads stretch truth on what foods would be labeled, left out,” page one, Oct. 23].

So when I hear the supporters of I-522 spew their anti-GMO rhetoric without legitimate evidence, it flies in the face of everything I’ve been taught.

An overwhelming majority of scientific and medical experts including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences and even the World Health Organization have all agreed that GMOs are safe for human consumption. Why are we being asked to ignore the experts and submit to the fear the proponents are pushing?

The American Medical Association says, “There is no scientific justification for special labeling of bioengineered foods.” So what justification is there? I-522 would put what is functionally a warning label on foods tricking consumers into believing they have something to fear.

Legislating with fear and the rejection of facts has never been a good strategy. This measure is nothing but fear mongering by those with an anti-science, anti-corporation slant bent on forcing their own unfounded fears down our throats.

They can’t scare me away from the truth.

Ryland Bydalek, Kenmore

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

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