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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 29, 2013 at 6:20 AM

The ‘right to know’ isn’t strong enough in I-522 debate

Remember the taxpayer cost to oversee relabeling

The backers of Initiative 522, the initiative that requires labeling of genetically altered foods, want us to approve their initiative because, “You have the right to know.”

Know what? If there was anything important for us to know don’t you think they would be using that as the reason you should vote yes? If the only thing they can come up with is “you have the right to know” then they must have a very weak case.

My suspicion is that this is an attempt by the natural- and organic-food industry to gain a marketing advantage over the rest of the food industry. And we are supposed to believe that every item in our grocery stores, all 40,000 items, will get relabeled and it won’t cost us anything. Oh sure.

Then there’s the taxpayer cost of a new state agency to oversee compliance. All because we have the right to know. After 100 years of genetically altering food there must be something we need to know other than it’s better and cheaper.

Jerry Forell, Kirkland

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