Re: “Don’t be misled by scare tactics on food” (letter, 7-20).
The writer directs people to the FactsAbout522.com website but somehow fails to mention that the website and the anti-522 movement are mostly being paid for by chemical companies: DuPont, Monsanto, Dow and Bayer, among others. They are hardly an unbiased group, since they are the principle sources of genetically modified or engineered food products.
If, as the writer asserts, “GM foods are the most rigorously tested foods on the planet,” why would the producers object to their being labeled as such? They are so labeled in Europe, and the Europeans seem to live with it.
He and agribusiness complain that such labeling would be expensive, even though manufacturers seem to add all sorts of advertising to their labels. Why not the four simple words: “contains genetically modified material.”
The writer is more than a bit patronizing with his warning about “scary labels that would unnecessarily frighten and confuse consumers.” He apparently does not have a very high regard for the intelligence of the American consumer.
A lot of us would like to know what it is that we are eating, and we’d like the information so as to make an informed choice. This is not a great deal to ask for.