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Follow the money before believing the message

Another major battle comes to Washington state. This one is about the right to know what is in our food. Most of us received a large, glossy flier in our mailboxes on Thursday filled with, in my opinion, fictitious information. I ask you to read the fine print at the bottom of the outside page. You will see the flier has been paid for by No on 522, and it lists the five major contributors. According to www.pdc.wa.gov. and the flier, they are Monsanto, $4.7 million; DuPont, $3.37 million; GMA, $2.22 million; Bayer Cropscience, $591,654, and Dow Chemical, $529,531. Another major contributor not listed is BASF at $500,000.

So let us follow the money and look at the yes side as well as the no side. Top contributors for yes are Dr. Bronner (pure shampoos and soaps), Nature`s Path (cereals), PCC markets (supporters of local farmers and organic foods) and lastly the people of Washington, the average donation being $25 dollars.

What is in it for those providers of genetically engineered plants and the toxic chemicals that are sprayed on them? Why are these corporations desperate to hide the truth about the seeds that are injected with DNA from foreign species, i.e. animals, other plants, bacteria and viruses? Is this done for our health and welfare or for their bottom line? Follow the money.

In my opinion, the former state attorney general’s remarks are fallacious. Unfortunately, there is no room here to respond, but here are suggestions for you. Go to www.YESon522.com and research for yourself. Google the actual law and read it. Come to the Oct. 8 free movie at Vashon Theatre, and think carefully about who is paying for these fliers and TV ads.

Existing labels give us information about amounts of sodium, sugar and corn, etc. Should we have the right to know if we are consuming genetically modified organisms in packaged food? Labeling would give us the chance to choose. I say yes.

— Sheila Brown

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