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I-522: You should be scared by GMOs

Letter by Stuart A. Johnston, Tacoma on July 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm | No Comments »
July 23, 2013 3:21 pm

Re: “Don’t be misled by scare tactics on food” (letter, 7-20).

The writer states that “hundreds of studies have proven genetically modified foods to be perfectly safe.” He didn’t state that these studies were paid for by Monsanto and other large agriculture organizations.

Monsanto says that there is no evidence that GM foods are harmful. After all, people in the United States have been eating GM foods for several years now.

Isn’t the statement a bit disingenuous? How would we know if someone had gotten ill from GM food if it’s not labeled? Any harm from GM foods is hard to prove because Large Ag has spent millions, $44 million in California alone, to prevent any evidence from being tracked.

Recent studies have linked genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to cancer, deterioration of liver and kidney function, stomach inflammation and impaired embryonic development. Whether you are for or against GM foods, you can find evidence to support your case, as the science is incomplete.

Companies change their labeling all the time. If Monsanto has nothing to hide, why is it spending all of that money to prevent the freedom of information?

A yes vote on I-522 to add GMO to the label will not cost Monsanto money, but giving the people the power of choice just might.

Vote yes on I-522 Nov. 5.

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