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November 5, 2013 at 4:25 PM

People against GMOs will buy organic

Initiative 522 is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars ["Food-label vote may have D.C. impact,” page one, Oct. 30]. Don’t get me wrong, I am completely pro-organic and pro local food, but labeling which food is genetically modified is not going to change anything — other than the amount of money in our pockets. People who are already…

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November 4, 2013 at 4:27 PM

I-522: GMOs pose no threat

Accept the scientific facts The I-522 debate is a religion versus science debate, especially when likened to kosher labeling [“Food-label vote may have D.C. impact,” page one, Oct. 30]. Paranoia over GMOs illustrates the growing scientific illiteracy in society. GMO organisms are made through a process. The benefits are numerous, but each product needs to be evaluated…

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November 4, 2013 at 6:35 AM

Past historical mistakes should be remembered in I-522 debate

Don’t let the greed of companies dictate what you eat In response to the letter by Ryland Bydalek [“I-522: draw conclusions from evidence,” Opinion, Oct. 30], this controversy over GMOs is still in its infancy. Present knowledge is still too incomplete to make a definitive decision about the true effects of it on the human system. I’m…

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November 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM

GMO labeling won’t inhibit Americans from purchasing products

Ballard High School students share their thougths Various points of I-522 have been highly debated [“Growing debate over genetically engineered food,” page one, Oct. 29]. Personally, I think if the initiative passed, the Washington state consumer wouldn’t care and would buy the food product anyway. This is the same reason why people might still buy fast food…

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October 31, 2013 at 7:30 AM

We should be suspicious of Monsanto and other large food corporations

There is a lot we don’t know about the risks of GMOs Ryland Bydalek’s letter arguing that there is no scientific basis for supporting I-522 fails to acknowledge that scientists do not uniformly agree regarding the safety of GMOs [“I-522: Draw conclusions from evidence,” Opinion, Oct. 30]. The Union of Concerned Scientists states: “While the risks of…

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October 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I-522: Draw your conclusions from evidence

Science points out that GMOs are safe for human consumption As a senior in microbiology at the University of Washington, my education has been based upon making decisions and drawing conclusions from evidence [“I-522: Ads stretch truth on what foods would be labeled, left out,” page one, Oct. 23]. So when I hear the supporters of I-522…

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October 29, 2013 at 6:20 AM

The ‘right to know’ isn’t strong enough in I-522 debate

Remember the taxpayer cost to oversee relabeling The backers of Initiative 522, the initiative that requires labeling of genetically altered foods, want us to approve their initiative because, “You have the right to know.” Know what? If there was anything important for us to know don’t you think they would be using that as the reason you…

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October 25, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Washington shouldn’t dictate what should be on food labels

GMOs a national issue Editor, The Times: I have voted no on Initiative 522, not because I am against labeling genetically modified food products (I think it is a good idea), but because this is a national issue that should be addressed at the federal level to ensure standard labeling criteria throughout the nation [“I-522: Ads stretch…

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