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I-522: Hidden agenda is anti-science

Letter by Billy R. Dickens, University Place on Oct. 30, 2013 at 11:28 am with No Comments »
October 30, 2013 11:28 am

If passed, Initiative 522 would require product label information disclosure about genetically altered processes in the manufacture of food items in Washington state. Such passage would create unintended consequences (higher prices, preference manipulation and a decline in innovation) for Washington residents.

Genetically modified food items represent the by-product of scientific discovery. Human life expectancy has increased rapidly since the Middle Ages due largely in part to scientific discovery. The unmentioned strategy for critics of genetically modified food items is to shape consumer choice by promoting organic or whole food items over genetically enhanced products.

Such a preference is nothing more than an artificial restriction on consumer choice and a “Luddite-reaction” equivalent to those who oppose stem cell research. The market, not partisan posturing, should be the final arbiter regarding what we should and should not consume. I-522 warrants a no vote.

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