Letters to the Editor

Alternate view of GMO labeling

In reply to an earlier letter (“Suggests protest of GMO foods”), I would make the following proposal: Rather than require food products to have GMO labels, why not allow them to have non-GMO labels? This changes the whole perspective. Farmers can grow whatever they choose. Processors can proudly label non-GMO products as they wish. Grocery stores can choose to display non-GMO products at eye level and place non-labeled food at ankle level on the shelves. Anyone can purchase non-GMO products if they wish; whereas I can search for possibly lower-cost items produced from high-yield, pest-resistant crops that require less irrigation/fertilizer.

In addition to all the freedom of choice the above proposal allows (producers, processors, retailers, customers), there is no need for government interference. No need for citizens to “work with their legislators to propose laws and regulations to mandate” anything as suggested in the previous letter. Everyone is fully informed as to the use of GMOs because the label provided will clearly state that the product does not contain them.

This seems to me to be a simpler, more straight-forward process.

Norm Pickles

Bellingham

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