Please vote "yes" on Initiative 522, the statewide initiative to label genetically modified foods. We have the right to make an informed decision about the food we are eating and feeding our families.
I have received two slick advertising pieces to date trying to scare me into voting no. "I-522 will cost Washington farmers, food producers and consumers millions," they say. But Europe passed GMO labeling laws and prices did not go up. An independent study by Emory University showed GMO labeling would not bring significant cost increases. The Washington Research Council Study cited in the anti-labeling literature was paid for by the No on I-522 Campaign. This is part of the record $17.2 million the No campaign has raised as of Sept. 30, from biochemical giants Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, Bayer and the grocery manufacturers trade association. They need to stop GMO labeling to protect their seed control and chemical business, since pesticide use increases along with GMO crops.
American companies are already required to label GMOs in 64 other countries, including key trading partners for Washington's wheat, salmon and apple exports. We need to vote "yes" on I-522 and provide the same information to American shoppers.