A recent letter to the editor gave you reasons to vote “no ” on Initiative 522. Here’s why you should vote “yes.”
It’s about labeling. That’s all.
Don’t companies change the messages on their packaging all the time? I-522 would require the package (let’s say of cereal) to say “contains GMOs, just like the packages must say when companies ship their products to 64 different countries.
I just bought a box of cereal that said “contains No GMOs.” It’s about choice. If GMOs don’t bother you, then by all means ignore the presence or absence of them.
Here’s why I prefer to eat as few GMOs as possible: Monsanto’s patented Roundup Ready seeds are genetically modified to make corn, soybeans and canola impervious to the harmful effects of glyphosate (the broad-spectrum systemic herbicide in Roundup), but weeds are killed.
The bad news is that weeds become tolerant to a particular level of glyphosate so more and more of it must be used. Eventually, this chemical doesn’t work at all and you need to use something else to kill the glyphosate tolerant weeds.
Monsanto is now touting 2,4-D.
Some peer-reviewed scientific opinion is convinced that glyphosate is not a benign substance but, in fact, long-term ingestion leads to serious health consequences. (bit.ly/XZM1Kv)
Monsanto and DuPont have spent over $8 million so far in Washington state to defeat I-522. You can be sure they will keep doubling down the amount until they think they will win.
The anti-labeling letter stated that, “They have been tested by government regulatory agencies and found to be safe for consumption.” This is the same government that drug its feet on accepting responsibility for Agent Orange exposure and Gulf War Syndrome.
If you want the choice to look at a package and see whether it contains GMOs, then vote “yes” on I-522, the GMO labeling initiative.