I urge my fellow citizens to vote no on Initiative 522 (genetic engineering labeling). Why? The initiative is ill-conceived and poorly written, resulting in unreliable and inaccurate information for consumers. It will impose burdensome regulations on all Washington family farmers, whether or not they grow genetically engineered crops.
Even though it does not benefit consumers, the costs of the law will be ultimately passed on to all of us through higher food prices – according to an economic study by the Washington Research Council, as much as $450 per year for a family of four.
We do not need additional costs added to our state budget. It’s estimated that state government costs for implementation and enforcement of I-522’s regulations would exceed $22 million per year. Vote no. Avoid adding a confusing, expensive and bad idea to the laws of our state.