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Labels for all the wrong reasons

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I have had many conversations lately about genetically modified foods, not surprising under the circumstances. Not all, but most have been pleasant exchanges among people with differing opinions. The discussion usually doesn’t lead to debate over whether food derived from genetically engineered plants is good or bad, dangerous or safe. It’s more often about who sells the stuff.

Friends, acquaintances, intelligent people I admire, tell me I am mistaken. I am wrong to oppose labeling GM foods and wrong to oppose Initiative 522 that would require it. The primary reason, they say, is I should fear corporate behemoths intending to dominate American agriculture for profit and greed. Monsanto, the international food sciences and chemical giant, which markets widely used genetically modified seed for corn, soy and other crops, is the perfect suspect. I must loath Monsanto. The sign wavers and protesters in butterfly suits and crop-ripping vandals have a legitimate point. If Monsanto is opposed to GMO food labels, and it is in a big way, then any sensitive and sensible person should support them.

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