In 1965, Congress passed the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act that requires that all consumer products in interstate commerce to be honestly and informatively labeled, including food. The underlying principle embodied in this act of Congress is that we have the right to know what is in our food for the purpose of making informed decisions regarding our own health.
The long-term effects of genetically engineered foods on both our bodies and the environment are entirely unknown — yet we are one of the only industrialized nations that does not require that GE foods be labeled as such. Currently, roughly 90 percent of soybeans, cotton, and field corn cultivated in the U.S. were genetically engineered. I have the right to know what's in my food. I will vote for Initiative 522 requiring the labeling of all genetically engineered food in Washington state.