It makes sense What’s the fuss about labeling foods containing genetically engineered organisms? [“Initiative 522: the cases for and against labeling GMO food,” Opinion, Sept. 22.] The process of plant-genetic engineering is different from traditional plant-hybrid breeding to obtain a desired trait. Genetic engineering forcefully introduces foreign-gene fragments into plant cells to create a new…More
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Money matters Thanks for the article on the Initiative 522 campaign. [“Familiar figures lead fight on GMOs,” page one, Sept. 23.] Thanks for highlighting the chasm in money, with deep-pocketed anti-labeling forces outspending the pro-labeling side 5 to 1 in California, 3 to 1 in Washington. I found it interesting that the anti-labeling activist from California who…More
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
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