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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Don’t let them hide the truth

Editor,

Now that the election is over and the big money is spent, Monsanto, Dow Chemical and Coca-Cola will go back to their corporate offices feeling good about not having to change the label of their products.

Now, while they are going on about their business of selling genetically altered products, we Washingtonians can come up with simple solutions to the question of what goes into the foods we eat and feed our children. Solution 1 is to continue to put this on the ballot every single election cycle until it passes, make the corporate powers spend millions every cycle in every state. They may slow us down, but they will not win. Most of us really do want to know what is in our foods, and if they were manufactured in a lab, then yes, we want to know how they are manufactured.

Number 2 is even simpler — voluntary labeling of non-GMO foods with the simple message, “This food has been grown for you using no genetically engineered soil, seeds, or feed.” This would be naturally policed by the attorney general using the truth in advertising law, with the help of citizen advocates. Totally voluntary, and the products of Monsanto, Dow Chemical and Coca-Cola — seeds, fertilizer, sugary drinks — would stand out on the shelf as non-compliant and free for anyone to choose whether they wish to buy them or not.

For anyone wanting background information on why we need to care now about GMO foods, please look up NO GMO Project on the Internet. The foods these big companies put into the market place are relatively new and we do not need to eat them. It’s not too late to stop these corporations or at least make them label their product accordingly.

If you care what goes into your body, act now.

TIM ECONOMU

Clinton

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