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September 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM
Contributors pursue economic self-interest
The article on the Initiative 522 campaign states that a total of eight donors have contributed $11.6 million to the NO on I- 522, with Monsanto throwing in $4.8 million and DuPont Pioneer $3.4 million. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 25.]
These two companies are heavily invested in the promotion of genetically modified products, and it is very likely that the other six contributors are pursuing their economic self-interest.
It brings to mind a comment that, as campaign contributions come more and more from wealthy self-interests, those with colossal fortunes are in effect the trustees for the public.
Is this what the voters of Washington want? The source of the contributions says it all.
Iona Stenhouse, Seattle
September 16, 2013 at 7:26 PM
It begs the question
The Times reported that DuPont Pioneer has joined with Monsanto in donating millions of dollars to try to defeat Initiative 522, which would require foods with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled. [“Agribusinesses give nearly $8 million to campaign against GMO labeling,” seattletimes.com, Sept. 13.]
If the genetically modified grains these companies sell are at least as healthful to consumers as are the non-modified grains, why are they trying to hide the fact that such grains are included in what we eat?
They should be perhaps using those millions to promote their products instead of fighting disclosure, shouldn’t they?
Tom Wingard-Phillips, Seattle
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