It’s that time of year again and I can hardly believe it has only been a year since the last election. This year is not a general election year, but that doesn’t mean that my (and yours) vote doesn’t matter. One of the most important propositions is being considered by the citizens of Washington State that could change the face of labeling and food.
I-522 is proposed to label genetically engineered foods just like organic foods and foods with allergens in it are labeled. Personally, I believe that this should have been done years ago, but I am excited that it is on the ballot this year. If passed, Washington will be the first state in the nation to label GME/GMO’s on food labels. I encourage you to do your own research, but I want you to read the reasons why this homemaker and food-allergy ridden blogger wants you to vote YES on I-522!
Reason #1: Choice. Why shouldn’t we have the choice to know what is in our foods? We have the ability to choose organic or non-organic foods, and that labeling hasn’t increased the cost of foods. Because of the prevalence of allergies, our foods are now being labeled on whether they contain such allergens like wheat, dairy soy, peanuts, etc. Why shouldn’t we have the choice? The side (funded by Corporate Food) says that it will increase the cost of our food. This is an outright lie. In an article by Consumer Reports, it states that price will not increase as that assumption is incorrect. Why vote YES on 522? To be able make your own decision on what you are ingesting.
Reason #2: Biodiversity. Biodiversity mean variety of life forms. If GMO’s were to take over the food market, this biodiversity would be lost. When GM plants are grown near wild species, these wild species can begin to take on the genetically modified factors (because of pollination). Monoculture has ruined our food market and I believe it has significantly contributed to the rise of allergies in the United States.
Reason #3: Monsanto. That one word should be enough for you to support labeling in Washington State. If you are against big corporations owning our country you should help to fight against Monsanto. Monsanto is trying to take away our right to know what is in our food. My question is, if GMO’s are so safe, why shouldn’t we know about them in our foods?
Reason #4: Health. Because there have not been long-term testing on GMO’s, we do not know the far-reaching effects of what they can do to the body. Monsanto refuses to release their studies and it makes you wonder. I am severely allergic to multiple foods and have chronic health issues and I don’t trust something that hasn’t been tested on a long-term scale. My health is more important to me than a seed that can produce its own pesticide.
Reason #5: Labeling. If we can label foods that contain allergens by law, foods that are organic, the country of origin and various other nutritional information why shouldn’t and can’t we label whether or not GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) are in our food? People want to know at they are eating and what is in their food. If there was something potentially in our food, wouldn’t you want to know?
I’m not the only one who feels this way, here are a couple of statements by friends and acquaintances on their feelings about genetically engineered and modified foods.
“Imagine if labeling meant that GMO content decreased an item’s value. Maybe someday farmers will be able to sue Monsanto when their crops pollute an organic or non-GMO field and sinking the value of the clean crops.” -Natalie
Why are you voting Yes on 522? “Because, frankly, I think it’s my right to make an informed choice on the things I feed myself and my children.” – Ava
“I am for it as well. I think it is a basic right to know what is in our food. As somebody with food restrictions, I find it highly important.” -Wendy
“I’m in favor of labeling GMOs.” – Ryan
“With GMO’s there is Zero accountability. That’s why labeling is so important, it backs these companies into a corner where they have to be honest about what they are putting on the market. Voluntary labeling will never happen. It has to be mandatory!” -Alisa
Please support Yes on I-522 by volunteering, donating money, sharing with your family and friends and most important VOTING!