‘NO on I-522’ campaign will spend over 17.1 million dollars in its attempt to defeat I-522. The YESon522 campaign depends on many small donations
and dedicated volunteers who really care about our right to know what is in our
food products. Don’t let out of state transnational corporations dictate your right to know. Those corporations contributing to the No on I-522 campaign include Monsanto, Bayer Crop Science, DuPont, Grocery Manufacturers Association, DOW Chemical, and BASF.
The NO on I-522 campaign hopes that citizens of this state, if told untruths often enough, will vote against this important initiative that helps bring the USA into compliance with global labeling laws and current standards. Right now 64 nations require GMO labeling. One untruth is that a YES on I-522 will increase consumer costs. Respected economists have disputed this claim on cost increases. To learn more about this untruth and other untruths circulated by the NO on I-522 campaign go to the links below:
1.“How Much Will GMO Labeling Cost Consumers?”http://www.anh-usa.org/how-much-will-gmo-labeling-cost-consumers/
2. Q&A – FACTS ABOUT I-522http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/sc/1310/522_facts.html
3. “Economic Assessment of Washington Initiative 522”http://www.anh-usa.org/wp-content/themes/anhus/label-gmo-landing/Economic_Assessment_of_522.pdf
4. “13 Lies GMO Labeling Opponents are Recycling in Washington State” http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_28148.cfm
If you need more then watch this video and then forward it around to your friends and acquaintances on why to vote YES on I-522.
ADDENDUM to article above:
Foods to be labeled under I-522
Seeds and produce:
• GE sweet corn, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash and papaya.
• If GE apples are approved (experimental blocks are now growing in Washington), they would be labeled.
• GE seeds, including home garden seeds.
Meat and seafood:Meat or dairy from animals that are genetically engineered must be labeled "genetically engineered" — but not products from animals or fish that ate genetically engineered feed.
Genetically engineered salmon — recommended for approval — would be labeled "genetically engineered."
Processed foods:If processing aids or enzymes are the only genetically engineered ingredients in a processed food, the food does not need to be labeled.
Snack chips, cold cereals, baby formulas and many foods sweetened with corn syrup or beet sugar would be labeled "produced with genetic engineering" or "partially produced with genetic engineering."
I522 is the initial step to labeling GE foods and because of this, the writers based the initiative on international labeling laws that are already successfully established.
-------COMMENT FOR TRANSPARENCY IN LABELING AND ORGANIC TRENDS:
Transparency in labeling overall would be more effective than talking with the grocery management. The “Organic Movement” didn’t take off until 1990 and that was based on 60 years of combined work from early agricultural scientists, farmers, along with consumer and environmental advocacy groups; in the late 1980’s due to media coverage from chemicals used on apples like Alar, growing public awareness on chemical pesticide use, and mad cow disease outbreaks did the “Organics” start to make a market edge. The current product labels many take for granted took over a decade of work by dedicated consumer advocacy groups. Right now, the public has a major advocacy group fighting for people’s rights, those volunteering their efforts and many small donations to make a difference with I-522.