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…More
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Questions about genetically engineered spuds The J.R. Simplot Co. should be applauded for trying to keep their biotech potato a potato rather than creating a frankenfood [“Company a believer in biotech spuds,” Business, May 15].John Miller’s article does not really reveal how the potato was created and only states that the process is quicker than traditional…More
Health risks have been supported with evidence Was Bruce Ramsey at the same legislative hearing on Initiative 522 that I was at [“I-522: a test of what you believe about genetically modified foods,” Opinion, March 13]? Ramsey says that “most of the dispute was not whether there are health risks — supporters mostly said they…More
People have the right to know It’s hard to believe that Bruce Ramsey is so uninformed about genetically modified foods, he’s not convinced they should be labeled [“I-522: a test of what you believe about genetically modified foods,” Opinion, March 13]. Genetic engineering of seeds for uniform growth and ripening results in a lack of genetic…More
Consumers deserve transparency Anybody familiar with the way our pharmaceutical system works or the “GRAS” (generally recognized as safe) standard understands that big money players (big agriculture, big Pharma, etc.) have an enormous financial stake in keeping their products on the market, sometimes despite limited or sketchy research of efficacy or safety [“I-522: a test…More