We Washington state citizens have a right to know what’s in our food.
The consumer has a right to choose between products with or without genetically modified ingredients.
Why are out-of-state giants like Monsanto pouring huge amounts of money into opposing I-522? They know that if consumers are informed, and thus given a choice, many will opt against buying foods with GMO’s (genetically modified organisms).
The European Union, Japan, China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and many other nations now require mandatory GMO labeling. It would cost food packaging companies nothing extra to use the same labels identifying use of GMO’s in Washington.
There is a lack of adequate safety testing on the effects of GMOs, but the American Academy of Environmental Medicine reports that animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, and faulty insulin regulation (diabetes).
U.S. researchers at the York Laboratory have done studies showing a possible correlation between increased use of GMO’s in recent years and the recent rise in food allergies, in particular to soy products, 90 percent of which contain GM components.
Consumers have demanded that Monsanto’s genetically engineered hormone rBGH be removed from milk.
Once a family farmer uses GM Roundup Ready seeds, he is forced to continue buying them. Monsanto has patented the seed so the farmer is not allowed to keep seeds to use the following year. If he does, Monsanto will sue for huge damages.
Roundup is not biodegradable and remains in the soil indefinitely.
Roundup eliminates weeds but can harm natural predators of pests.
Then powerful pesticides must be developed and used.
GM seeds are far from being friendly to small farmers.
Vote “yes” on I-522. Allow consumers to make informed choices.