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Labels fix nothing

Initiative 522 is a solution in search of a problem. Existing food labels already give consumers a way to choose foods made without genetically engineered ingredients.

Supermarkets now contain thousands of organic food options from produce to milk to crackers. And many places in Washington have co-ops that sell organic products exclusively. All certified organic food is, by definition, free of GE ingredients. Additionally, many companies now choose to label and market their products as GE-free.

Consumers want choices when they go shopping. All of this gives consumers who choose to avoid GE foods ample options for doing so.

I-522 is not needed but it would increase costs for consumers and taxpayers by millions. Consumers already have a choice. Vote no on I-522 in November.

Joe Olmstead



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Editorial: Washington state lawmakers scramble to keep public in the dark

State lawmakers want to create a legislative loophole in Washington’s Public Records Act. While it’s nice to see Democrats and Republicans working together for once, it’s just too bad that their agreement is that the public is the enemy. As The Spokesman-Review’s Olympia reporter Jim Camden explained Feb. 22, lawmakers could vote on a bill today responding to a court order that the people of Washington are entitled to review legislative records.