I-522 will allow informed choices

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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.

Beth Call

Walla Walla

Comments

thrifty 5 months, 3 weeks ago

For the record, I have farmed for a long time and I'm not a fan of Monsanto. However, several comments in Beth's letter are contrary to my beliefs and knowledge. I have used Roundup and glyphosate (once Monsanto's patent expired) for a number of years. And I don't grow a GM crop and never have. The thought that only GM crops require Monsanto's product is not correct.

Beth's statement that once a farmer uses Monsanto's GM Roundup Ready seeds he is forced to continue buying them is incorrect. It is correct that a farmer can not legally save and reuse the seed but the farmer is under no obligation to buy and use the seed for his next crop. The farmer can seed what ever type of seed that he wants. For the record even most new seed originating from WSU can't be saved as is the case with most all of the seed currently available to farmers from private sources. This applies to both GM seed and non GM seed.

Beth next states that that Roundup is not biodegradable and remains in the soil indefinitely is at best questionable. Roundup is nullified by the soil and often doesn't work very well when there is a lot of dust. I have used if for a long time and have never seen that it has any impact on anything that germinates after I have applied it.

Roundup doesn't have much impact on a number of weeds. For example China Lettuce (a prominent local weed) isn't removed when roundup is applied to it. Other weeds also aren't eliminated by Roundup applications. Roundup works well on grasses but not so well on other weeds.

Beth claims that it eliminates predators and pests but I think she is full of it. Many of us that use it regularly still have more pests and predators than we know what to do with. We try to protect the predators since they generally are good at controlling some of the pests.

In general I would suggest that if you follow Beth's recommendations you will be making a uninformed decision offered by someone that doesn't know what she is talking about.

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