I-522, for human rights
The next time you see a No on 522 commercial, read the fine print. It states: Top five contributors are the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Monsanto, Dupont Pioneer, Dow Agrosciences LLC, and Bayer Cropscience.
The Public Disclosure Commission shows these five out-of-state industrial food and pesticide companies have contributed over $17 million into the No campaign. We need to ask ourselves why. GMA members include food and beverage giants like Pepsi, Coke, Kraft, Kellogg’s and General Mills who’d rather not disclose that they’re using GMOs. Their contributions exceed $7 million. Monsanto (a major seller of genetically engineered seed resistant to the herbicide Roundup) has contributed $4.8 million.
Yes I-522 was initiated by Washington’s own citizens, not corporate interests. There are thousands of donors, over 80 percent from Washington. A recent New York Times poll showed 93 percent of Americans think foods containing GE ingredients should be identified. Why do 64 industrialized nations have GMO labeling laws, but the very country that manufactures most of the world’s GMOs won’t allow its own citizens to know?
If our government won’t tell us where GMOs are, and if the companies who make GMOs refuse to tell us, and if the companies who use GMOs in the food we eat refuse to tell us, we need to stand together in strength and compassion, take action and vote for our right to know these things. I am in favor of a labeling law and am voting yes on 522 because I believe every single person deserves the right to know what they’re feeding their families. Period. Those who twist this into a controversial issue are not honoring the fact that this is actually a human rights issue.
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