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October 31, 2013 at 7:30 AM

We should be suspicious of Monsanto and other large food corporations

There is a lot we don’t know about the risks of GMOs

Ryland Bydalek’s letter arguing that there is no scientific basis for supporting I-522 fails to acknowledge that scientists do not uniformly agree regarding the safety of GMOs [“I-522: Draw conclusions from evidence,” Opinion, Oct. 30].

The Union of Concerned Scientists states: “While the risks of genetic engineering have sometimes been exaggerated or misrepresented, GE crops do have the potential to cause a variety of health problems and environmental impacts.”

The organization cites one already significant environmental impact: “Overuse of herbicide-tolerant GE crops has spurred an increase in herbicide use and an epidemic of herbicide-resistant ‘superweeds,’ which will lead to even more herbicide use.” Finally, the UCS concludes that “there is a lot that we don’t know about the risks of GE.”

To me, this is a valid reason to be suspicious of the more than $5 million Monsanto has poured into the anti I-522 campaign, and to support the concept that consumers have a right to information about the way their food is grown.

Selden Prentice, Seattle

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

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