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I-522: Don’t believe the lies from labeling opponents

Letter by Janine J. Lindsey, Olympia on Oct. 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm | No Comments »
October 24, 2013 4:01 pm

Washington voters can accomplish something extraordinary, something California couldn’t do, something over 60 civilized nations already do, and which will empower us as citizens, starting a wave across the nation for the 9 out of 10 Americans who say they want it done: Vote YES on I-522 to label genetically-engineered products.

There’s one major obstacle: the heavy flow of misinformation and lies the biotech and food corporations are spending millions of dollars on, to confuse us. Unfortunately there’s no law against lying and distortion in a campaign, and sadly, they’re very good at it.

Fact: Labeling foods will NOT raise the price of them. When these same companies labeled in all other nations there’s not one example of ANY prices going up. Check it out for yourself.

Fact: The initiative protects our right to know what we’re eating, but also helps our farmers and businesses: Apple, salmon, wheat, packaged food and

other industries will be threatened with closure of important export markets if no labeling is required. Californians missed their oppurtunity last year with Prop. 37, and were angry when they discovered how they were duped by the lies from the same folks who said DDT, Agent Orange and PC’s were safe. Don’t hand them the keys to your health. Knowledge is power!

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