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I-522: Don’t be misled by scare tactics on food

Letter by Evan C. Chapman, Tacoma on July 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm | No Comments »
July 18, 2013 2:29 pm

Despite the fact that hundreds of studies have proven genetically modified foods to be perfectly safe, the promoters of Initiative 522 are trying to make Washington the first – and only – state in the country to mandate costly labeling regulations on these foods.

GM foods are the most rigorously tested foods on the planet. They’re also incredibly common; up to 80 percent of foods and beverages sold in grocery stores have been genetically modified. The American Medical Association has stated publicly that there is “no scientific justification for special labeling” of GM foods. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration is on record saying that GM crops do not differ from traditional crops in “any meaningful or uniform way.”

Dozens of other prestigious scientific and medical organizations from around the world have also studied and approved GM foods. Trillions of meals featuring GM foods have been served to billions of people over nearly two decades without a single documented case of adverse health effects.

Proponents of I-522 would have you ignore these facts, and try to convince you that there’s a need to relabel these products with scary warning labels that would unnecessarily frighten and confuse consumers. Don’t believe them.

Their arguments are not rooted in science, but in emotion. No health or safety benefits will be realized by placing warning labels on perfectly safe foods. Just increased costs.

I encourage readers to find out more about I-522 by visiting FactsAbout522.com – and please join me in voting no on I-522 this November.

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