The right to know The Seattle Times has recently published some articles about Initiative 522, the initiative on labeling food products that contain GMOs (genetically engineered organisms) on the upcoming ballot in Washington state. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 25.] After reading all these articles, I have even more concerns about what…More
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Science doesn’t support I-522 Initiative 522 on Washington’s November general election ballot — to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods — should be soundly defeated. While popular among the uninformed, it is misguided and opposed by our state’s agricultural leaders. I-522 fosters needless fears and will cost consumers and taxpayers millions. As a physician, I am concerned…More
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…More
Agricultural profiteers More than 350,000 Washington voters signed the petition to bring Initiative 522, an act to label genetically engineered foods, to the ballot here in Washington. [“Monsanto gives $4.6M to foes of GMO labeling,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 11.] So far, Monsanto, who is the biggest agricultural profiteer of genetically modified foods in the world, has…More
The right to know In California, chemical companies like Monsanto spent millions of dollars to narrowly defeat a “Right to Know” ballot initiative that would have required food manufacturers to label foods produced with genetically engineered crops. Consumers demanded information, but big corporations preferred we remain ignorant. It’s not just the chemical companies that don’t want us to…More
Consumer’s right to know As the “yes” and “no” voters for Initiative 522 present their reasons for labeling genetically modified foods, it reminds me of the debate for labeling organic foods more than 20 years ago. [“Chefs stir the pot on social issues,” NW Arts & Life, Aug. 18.] Back then, the industry complained of bureaucracy,…More
An imperfect solution to an imperfect dilemma Initiative 522 is not perfect. [“On voters’ plates: genetically engineered crops,” page one, Aug. 11.] However, it is not a perfect world. In a perfect world, federal law would not permit Monsanto to sue for patent infringement for the spread of patented genes that they are making no efforts…More