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Published: Saturday, October 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Initiative 522


Big Ag embedded within government

Twisting the facts about I-522 is very much alive with commercials staring Ken Eikenberry and others, including so-called "non-GMO farmers," all who are most likely very well paid by GMO producing companies like Monsanto, Dow Chemical, Bayer, Grocery Manufacturers Association, and others.
To me the main truth is this: Foods containing GMO components -- grown from seeds genetically spliced with insecticide or herbicide genes -- are most likely bad for you and the public should be allowed to see what foods contain GMOs to make intelligent purchasing decisions to feed themselves, families and pets. My opinion, and I certainly am not alone, is that GMO products are toxic and should not even be allowed for anything that is eaten or worn by any animals, including human beings. Another obvious truth is that the corporations that produce genetically engineered products are dead-set against public knowledge about their product contents. The corporations against labeling claim it would be too expensive, when, in reality, it would be very easy and cheap to add "contains GMO products" on the label. This resistance says a hell of a lot to me.
These same companies have spent, and are still spending, a fortune and have gained considerable political influence by embedding their ex-executives, lawyers and research scientists within the FDA and the EPA to make important (to them) decisions about approving and moving forward with genetically engineered seeds and products. Read the research article "The Amazing Revolving Door -- Monsanto, the FDA and the EPA" from Rich Murray at rense.com for an enlightening read. You will understand why GMO foods were approved by the FDA without long-range effect research.
I will vote yes on I-522 because I truly believe we all have the right to know what is in our food and, unlike the "voluntary labeling" bill presently before Congress, I believe the labeling should be mandatory and that includes food for human, pets and livestock. Keep Washington state the leader on common sense decisions -- vote yes on I-522.
Ronald Kleinman
Mountlake Terrace
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