Letters to the Editor

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Tag: monsanto

Oct.
22nd

I-522: Say no to GMO foods

It’s crunch time for Washington state Initiative 522. This has been one of the hottest debates in state voting history along with the enormous amounts of money being contributed from both sides of the issue. But just because one side has more money than the other does not mean it is in the right.

To put it bluntly, who can go up against Monsanto and the likes and win? Not Washington state – at least, not alone.

Rather than money, in this case it will be the will of the people. Washingtonians must take the lead and show to the

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Oct.
21st

I-522: Opponents make the best argument for labeling

In the discussion of claims and facts surrounding Initiative 522 (TNT, 10-21), opponents inadvertently made the strongest argument for it. They argue that food costs would increase if food were labeled because they assume “grocery manufacturers will switch to organic or non-GMO ingredients to avoid the label.”

That’s the point! If we knew that GMO ingredients were in a food item, we wouldn’t buy it; we would try to find a healthier alternative.

We consumers are wise to avoid GMO foods whenever we can because we simply don’t know yet how this huge, uncontrolled experiment with our food supply

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Oct.
21st

I-522: TNT buys into anti-labeling line

I am surprised The News Tribune opposes Initiative 522 (editorial, 10-6). Your extended research capabilities should make evident the hazard of consuming genetically modified and genetically engineered food. Scores of lab tests have proven the medical consequences of these modifications.

Countries around the world have banned their use. By July 2015 most food production companies will have had changes in their labeling regardless of GMO/GE labeling.

It appears you drank the poison of the major cola companies and the ultimate villain, Monsanto.

Sep.
23rd

FOOD: Science argues against GMO crops

Re: “Battle over GMO labeling heating up” (TNT, 9-22).

The article states that the campaign supporting Initiative 522 is steering away from talking about the science of genetically modified organisms (GMO). So I will talk science about GMO crops.

• GMO crops are not allowed in Europe, which is harming the American farmer. American crops are not allowed to be sold in the 64 countries that have labeling laws, yet America has none.

• The most common GMO crops are patented seeds that are “Roundup Ready.” These plants are tolerant of Monsanto’s Roundup berbicide.

•  Research in the journal

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July
24th

I-522: Look carefully into ‘vote no’ information

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,

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July
23rd

I-522: You should be scared by GMOs

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

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May
30th

FOOD: There’s a reason GMO crops are being banned

Re: “Let the market decide on bioengineered crops” (TNT, 5-29).

Genetically modified foods have been linked to gastrointestinal problems, neurological problems, arthritis and obesity. Most of the developed world has banned GMOs – the European Union, Russia and China, to name a few. Countries are destroying GMO crops and not accepting new crops.

Not in the U.S. The Department of Agriculture says they are fine. But can the USDA be trusted of does it have a conflict of interest? Michael Tayler, head of food safety at USDA, is a former Monsanto lawyer. Thirty members of Congress hold stock in

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