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October 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Initiative 522: It’s part of evolution

Dangers of food production don’t exist Initiative 522 amounts to fear mongering by “natural food” manufacturers and retailers [“GMO labeling will cost— but how much can’t be determined,” page one, Oct. 10]. Fact is, we have relied on genetically modified foods since the Neolithic Revolution, enabling the exponential increase in the population and improving the health and…

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October 7, 2013 at 7:03 PM

GMOs in I-522 debate

Consider the environmental effect Everyone talks about the safety of GMO foods for human consumption, which I believe is still up for debate, but ignores the damage done to our environment due to the increased use of herbicides. [“GMO labeling ads play fast and loose with costs,” page one, Oct. 2]. An article in Forbes on July…

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October 6, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Frankenfoods may be cheaper but not safer

Let the consumer make the choice Human digestive systems have developed over tens of thousands of years. Exposing them to totally new genetically modified foods is a risk we do not need to take. We have not done sufficient testing of these new “Frankenfoods.” We have enough mysterious illnesses, such as Autism, Parkinsons, Altzheimers and cancer, for…

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October 5, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Initiative 522 confusing for some

Initiative focuses on how food is produced, not country of origin Farmers can be easily be confused with the I-522 labeling initiative. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 25.] I thought it had to do with country of origin labeling. Country of origin labeling laws are a different set of labels that have…

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September 30, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

A commercial experiment Much has been written, largely by opponents of I-522, arguing that there is, as of now, no measurable difference in the nutritional value of genetically modified foods compared to organic foods. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 5.] This is a red herring. The real issue is whether or…

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0 Comments | More in Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: crops, food, genetically-engineered

September 26, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Labeling genetically engineered foods in Washington

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…

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0 Comments | More in Environment, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: foods, genetically-engineered, gmo

September 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

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…

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0 Comments | More in Business, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: food manufacturers, genetically engineered foods, gmo

September 24, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

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…

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September 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

Informing the public Products containing genetically engineered ingredients are banned outright in many other industrialized nations, or companies are required to provide labeling that indicates their presence in the food supply. [“Monsanto gives $4.6M to foes of GMO labeling,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 11.] Initiative 522 is not asking for the more extreme option of a ban…

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September 13, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

Priorities I am definitely against the idea of putting something in my body from companies that won’t bother to tell me what was involved in the genetic alteration of their crops. [“Monsanto gives $4.6M to foes of GMO labeling,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 11.] However, the whole point of Initiative 522 is not to ban genetically modified…

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