Initiative 522 is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars [“Food-label vote may have D.C. impact,” page one, Oct. 30].
Don’t get me wrong, I am completely pro-organic and pro local food, but labeling which food is genetically modified is not going to change anything — other than the amount of money in our pockets.
People who are already interested in organic and local food are already educated on what they are buying and eating. They are the people who shop at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and co-ops. They are the people who support fair trade and spend their Saturdays at the farmers’ market. They can tell whether their food is genetically modified because they care enough to look before purchasing.
Initiative 522 wouldn’t benefit those people who already know, and it certainly won’t benefit the people who don’t care now. People who aren’t already supporting organic and local food companies aren’t going to change their way of life just because their food is now labeled in big letters: GMO. It’s common knowledge that if it doesn’t say organic, it contains GMOs.
Hailey Young, Bellingham