By Tony Bedard
I wrote in support of GMO labeling before and after California’s vote on Proposition 37. As I said in that last post, this issue is not going to go away — people across the country are going to keep insisting upon their right to know whether their food contains genetically modified organisms.
Frontier agrees with the more than 90 percent of Americans who feel that foods containing GMOs should be labeled. We’re not calling for a ban of GMOs — we simply feel we should have the right to know when our food contains genetically engineered ingredients. We feel we should be able to choose between non-GMO foods and those with GMO ingredients just as we can choose now between organic and non-organic products.
GMO labeling bills have passed in Connecticut and Maine. A bill in Vermont passed the House and is awaiting Senate approval. Twenty-three other states have introduced legislation to label genetically engineered foods this year.
Frontier supports all these efforts, including Washington state’s Nov. 5 I-522 ballot initiative — “The People’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.” We urge those of you in Washington to vote for the passage of 522. We have supported the initiative monetarily with contributions to Yes on 522.
Unfortunately, opponents of 522 have raised more than three times as much as those favoring it — with 86 percent of the opponent’s funds coming from three sources: Monsanto Company, DuPont Pioneer and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
Polling late last month showed two out of three Washington voters say they would vote for 522. But in the months leading up to the vote on Prop 37, Californians widely favored that measure as well. It’s likely that 522 opponents will use much the same tactics as they did against Prop 37 in California — using millions of dollars for a media blitz to sway voters down the stretch, drawing on vast resources even the best grass roots organizations can’t match.
We hope the people of Washington support this important initiative for consumers’ rights and corporate transparency by voting Yes on 522.
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About the author: Tony Bedard joined Frontier Natural Products Co-op more than 20 years ago as head of Operations and was named CEO in 2002. As the CEO of Frontier, Tony is a strong advocate of corporate social responsibility that has led to dozens of community building projects around the world. Outside of work, Tony has personally led medical and humanitarian delegations to El Salvador and Haiti for the last 10 years.