I strongly support Initiative I-522 http://yeson522.com/ to label genetically engineered foods in Washington. It would require companies to inform consumers about the presence of GMOs in food products.
The use of GMOs concentrates seed production and economic power in the hands of a handful of multinational corporations. This limits seed availability to large farms and corporations that can afford it, thus threatening the viability of small independent farms. GMO pollen can drift for many miles (corn is an example) and contaminate organic crops. This puts an undue burden on organic farmers to seek non-GMO seeds and protect their crops in order to maintain their purity. Additionally, a number of the companies that produce GMOs have developed their seeds to be used with their own pesticides and herbicides. This can lead to an increase in the use of these chemicals.
How I spend my money is my choice and in a very real way my vote. I prefer to support smaller, locally owned and operated farms that that practice sustainable agriculture. I would never knowingly serve or eat genetically engineered foods. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are untested for effects on humans and our environment. We have the right to know where our food comes from and what’s in it.
thank you… lisa