We reject genetically modified (GM) foods and support requirements to label them.
To learn more, see “Why we support labeling of GM foods”, below.
So we urge you to join us in supporting the Yes on 522 campaign
in Washington State … home to Bellingham, our own coastal base.
Last April, the Washington State legislature allowed ballot Initiative 522 to appear on the November, 2013 ballot.
If a majority of voters vote in favor of Initiative 522, Washington State law would require labeling of foods products containing GM ingredients.
To learn more about ballot Initiative 522 and donate to the campaign to educate Washington State voters, visit the Yes on 522 website
Why we support labeling of GM foods
U.S. regulations regarding approval of new GM food crops remain remarkably lax.
The GM crops approved to date have not undergone thorough study of their safety for consumers and the environment.
U.S regulations don't even require safety testing of a new GM crop if a biotech firm asserts that it carries no human allergens and is “substantially identical” to its non-GM counterparts.
Absent those laws, we can't possibly know the truth about the safety of any specific GM food product ... and animal test results often do not match what humans may experience.
Insertion of foreign genes into a crop creates complex, unknowable “ripple” effects in its genome (DNA).
Accordingly, it is currently impossible to ensure that GM crops match their non-GM counterparts in safety and nutrition terms.
The safety-related research on GM crops conducted to date – much of it done by the creators of GM crops – has often been poorly designed and inadequate to establish safety.
Sadly, many of the studies that seemed to show harm to animals have also been poorly designed and unreliable. For example, a recent French study that seemed to show GM crops causing cancer in rats has been called scientifically unsound by many independent scientists.
But evidence of possible harm does exist.
Resistance to Roundup is now appearing in weeds, and research is uncovering previously unsuspected, Roundup-related dangers to humans and crops.
Given the lingering safety concerns, consumers have the right to know which foods contain GM ingredients ... so please consider donating to the Washington State labeling-law campaign, via the Yes on 522 website