Letter: Vote yes on Prop 105
To the Editor:
I would like to make a few points as to why it is so important to VOTE YES on Proposition 105, the initiative (NOT amendment) about the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.
We all have the right to know what’s in our food, and the food industry has the responsibility to tell us. If you think about it, everything else about the food we buy has to be labeled, so why is it that these big companies who are truly changing the nature of our foods don’t have to?
GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are banned in 22 countries, and labeling is required in 64 countries, including all of Europe, Australia, and Japan. Prop 105 is simply calling for the labeling of GMOs and is not a ban on them (although I wish it was.) GE foods have never been proven to be safe, and on the contrary, several studies have indicated severe health risks associated with GE food.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges physicians to advise all patients to avoid GE foods. These “foods” are truly quite dangerous, despite what the large corporations like Monsanto, PepsiCo, Dow Chemical, and many others would like you to believe. They have spent many millions of dollars to try to get this defeated. It is a David vs. Goliath movement, and for the sake of our health and all future generations, I hope that nature and sanity, not greed, will win in the end.
As far as concern over the exemptions to the proposition, just know that if you eat out, eat meat, or drink alcohol, you are consuming GMOs unless otherwise stated. Please VOTE YES ON PROP 105, and if you would like to learn more, please come to one of the informational gatherings at the Fraser Library on Wednesday, from 6:30–8 p.m., or to the Indian Peaks Charter School on Oct. 23 from 6:30-8 p.m.
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