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September 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

Agricultural profiteers Initiative 522 supporters, who want labeling of GMO foods, gathered for a rally outside a Grocery Manufacturers Association meeting at the Westin Hotel in Seattle in August. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.] More than 350,000 Washington voters signed the petition to bring Initiative 522, an act to label genetically engineered foods, to the ballot here…

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September 3, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods

The right to know Transgenic soy plants are seen in an Argentina farm field. [Juan Mabromata/AFP/GettyImages] 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…

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August 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

An imperfect solution to an imperfect dilemma An ear of genetically altered corn waits to be harvested in Illinois.[Scott Olson/Getty Images.] 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…

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August 19, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

GMOs are poison Transgenic soy plants are seen in an Argentina farm field. [Juan Mabromata/AFP/GettyImages] Reporter Melissa Allison missed the most important point regarding foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs): the health risks. [“On voters’ plates: genetically engineered crops,” page one, Aug. 11.] Independent, long-term feeding trials on laboratory animals fed genetically engineered foods show serious health…

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August 15, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

We have a right to know Initiative 522 supporters, who want genetically modified foods to be labeled, gathered for a rally outside a Grocery Manufacturers Association meeting at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.] The recent article regarding the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) failed to mention that genetically…

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August 15, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

Trusting scientists AquaBounty salmon (rear) have an added growth hormone gene from the Chinook salmon to a normal Atlantic salmon (front) that results in a transgenic salmon that grown to market size in about half the time it takes for a normal salmon. [Photo courtesy AquaBounty/MCT]   I can’t help thinking, as I read about whether we should…

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August 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Labeling genetically modified foods

Transgenic soy plants in a field near Santa Fe, northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2012. Argentina has seen trials against agricultural producers for the use of agrochemicals, which are considered to be the cause of malformations in infants, as well as numerous cases of cancer. [JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/GettyImages] Glyphosate is harmful The Seattle Times article on…

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August 13, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Labeling genetically engineered foods

GMO label necessary An ear of genetically altered corn waits to be harvested in Illinois.[Scott Olson/Getty Images.] It’s no surprise that chemical companies such as Monsanto and Bayer own and promote genetically modified seeds. [“On voters’ plates: genetically engineered crops,” page one, Aug. 11.] Herbicide resistance is one of the outcomes of the process. The result: pour…

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June 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Genetically modified wheat scare in Oregon and Washington

Everyone has the right to know Soft white wheat from Washington farmers is exported to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Mexico. It is not genetically modified (GM) and many farmers, including the Maier family, are concerned about where the seeds for the recent discovery of a small amount of GM wheat in Oregon came from. [Alan…

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June 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Genetically modified wheat scare

A dire harbinger of things to come Soft white wheat from Washington farmers is exported to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Mexico. It is not genetically modified (GM) and many farmers are concerned about where the seeds for the recent discovery of a small amount of GM wheat in Oregon came from. [Alan Berner, The Seattle…

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