When I received a beautiful, four-color flier in the mail which spoke against Initiative 522, which would require the food industry to identify food containing genetically modified organisms (GMO), I thought, "Wow, this is well done!"
I wondered who put it out.
The second, third and fourth expensive four-color fliers helped me identify the food industry. This expensive, well-done campaign against I-522 brought to mind a quote (out of context) from Shakespeare's Hamlet, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
Proponents argue, for instance, that GMOs can be engineered to withstand negative effects of pesticides so farmers can spray entire fields killing undesirable weeds without harming crops.
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Opponents fear that GMO crops and associated sprays put humans at risk and could produce antibiotic-resistant illnesses that modern medicine can't treat.
I can't say what is correct. I doubt that we have sufficient long-term research to say. Until we do, why not label GMO products so consumers can choose knowingly?
I have heard that the United States is one of the few developed nations that allow GMO products to be unlabeled or even sold.
In this age of deception I doubt fliers are completely true. I am especially wary when some protest too much.
DICK STONE, Kennewick