December 14, 2013 in Letters, Opinion

GMOs still an issue

 

Living in America we feel we are protected from foods with unknown future consequences.

Why do most developed nations not consider genetically modified (engineered) organisms safe? Australia, Japan and European nations have restrictions, and some out-right bans, on foods containing GMOs.

Corn (a good old staple) is in a lot of foods, and 88 percent of corn in the U.S. is GMO. Why did Japan cancel all the shipments of wheat from the United States because some contained GMO? And why did big corporations in the last election, and many not from Washington, spend huge amounts to defeat GMO labeling? A lot of people in Washington voted for labeling, so I’m not the only person worried about GMOs.

Our government approved GMOs from the studies done by the corporations that created them. One company genetically engineered a tomato to keep it from freezing, containing a gene from an arctic flounder, as well as infusing some seeds with pesticides. Are GMOs for the good of the people, or for profit?

Grace Parks

Spokane Valley


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