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I-522: Initiative will cost state jobs and revenue

Letter by Michael J. Morrow, Anderson Island on Oct. 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm with No Comments »
October 21, 2013 2:50 pm

I’m sure you’re as tired of the ads for and against labeling of GMOs as I am. What I haven’t seen is a simplified statement about how this will affect all of us in Washington state while benefiting the producers of food from other states.

Much of the food we buy is from California, Oregon and other states. None of these other states will have to comply with I-522, which gives these states a price advantage over our own food providers – costing us jobs and revenue.

The benefit of labeling foods only from Washington state seems to be so small as to be nearly useless. The federal government has been looking into this for some time and until it decides to make labeling mandatory for GMOs in all states, I strongly believe that we should pass on this initiative.

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