The article “Health law to put calorie info on vending machines” [News, Dec. 29] presents an incomplete picture of the effectiveness of calorie labeling.
Our study in King County was the first long-term look at the impact on customers’ choices of including calorie information in menus. We found that at 18 months post-regulation, calories purchased decreased. (Previous studies including the New York City study cited and our study show that 6 months after requiring labeling, calories purchased did not change).
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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…More
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…More
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
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