No on GMO labels
Washington voters should look closely at Initiative 522 on the November statewide ballot. If it passes, this measure would create a costly new set of food labeling regulations that would exist in no other state but Washington.
A whole new government bureaucracy would be needed to monitor special labels on countless products in each and every store across the state — and there’s no limit on what taxpayers will pay. Washington should not spend massive amounts of money to try and recreate the FDA. I-522 is a poorly written measure that would do much more harm than good.
Plant breeding dates back thousands of years, and the kind of genetic engineering (GE) targeted by I-522 promoters has been used in food production for decades to produce varieties of corn, soybeans, canola and other plants so they resist disease, require fewer pesticides or are more nutritious. GE products are the most tested products to ever enter our food supply. And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the American Medical Association have all said there is no reason for special labeling for these foods. Existing federal food labeling policies already provide consumers with ways to seek out GE free foods. The FDA allows producers to label their products as “GM Free” if the claim is accurate.
I-522’s regulations would hurt our local farmers and businesses by subjecting them to more unnecessary regulatory requirements, which would increase their costs of production and put them at a competitive disadvantage with food producers in other states. For many smaller farmers who at times just barely break even, this could put them out of farming entirely. Agriculture is vital to Washington’s economic well-being, and our state’s economy needs all the help it can get — not a new regulatory anchor dragging us down.
I-522 is a bad deal for Washington voters. We encourage voters to find out more about I-522 by visiting FactsAbout522.com — and please join us in voting no on I-522 this November.
Harry and Vicki Malloy
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