Letter - GMO labeling is a best practice


I would like to respond to Jack DeWitt’s letter that dwelled on the costs of mandatory labeling of GMOs, as a response to my Feb. 16 letter.

I do not see the problem he associates with accounting for the quality of foods that are turned out for purchase by consumers — that being simply whether GMOs are or aren’t used in the product.

If a business is required to accurately account for every dollar in income and expense to arrive at its taxes that it owes to the IRS, why can’t it account for GMOs? Besides drawing profit from its production, there is also the responsibility to the public as to informing them of what they are buying to be prepared for their families and ingested into their bodies.

But as I read Mr. DeWitt’s letter, all that was addressed were extra costs, not the public trust. Of course when there is a change in any regulation, there will be initial costs associated with the change. However, I do not think that changing paperwork to conform to whether GMOs are used or not could possibly be any more “cumbersome, costly, and a big pain in the neck” than the accounting required to accurately do business taxes.

Don’t farmers know whether their seeds are GMO seeds or not? Don’t food producers know if the ingredients in their products contain GMOs?

Mr. DeWitt takes the comment of one scientist, who has the audacity to tell others who have concerns about GMOs, that they have “gone back to being ignorant,” as being gospel, apparently.

I also disagree with Mr. DeWitt’s statement saying that those who voluntarily label their products “GMO free” want to play on the “fears of consumers.” I would call this labeling a best practice.

As far as safety goes, theoretical claims as to adverse outcomes are good enough for me. I am not a laboratory subject; and I resent that others, especially people who cannot afford to buy anything but the cheapest of food, being laboratory subjects. I care about my health and the health of others. I care about the environmental impact caused by production of GMO crops.

Sharon K. Schiller

Walla Walla


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