Letter to the Editor: Our right to know what we are eating

Thursday, October 24, 2013

To the Editor:

I will vote YES on Initiative 522 because I deeply believe in our right to know what we are eating. 522 requires that genetically engineered foods be labeled in Washington State. As a senior, my life depends on it.

Our food labels already contain a lot of important information – sugar and sodium levels, whether flavors are natural or artificial, and if salmon is wild or farm-raised. We should also know whether the food we buy has been genetically engineered.

Even Consumer Reports advocates GMO labeling!

Food manufacturers regularly re-label their products with no price increase. In fact, U.S. companies already label genetically engineered foods for markets in the 64 countries that require labeling. Shouldn’t Washingtonians have that same information?

I-522 will provide shoppers with the transparency and power to make informed decisions about what foods we feed our families. Our grandchildren's lives may depend on it even more than mine.

Please join me in voting for our right to know what is in our food.

More information can be found on the YESon522 web site.

Carol Hiltner

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