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Letter: Oppose House bill on GMO labels

Consumer confidence in the metropolitan area dipped this

Consumer confidence in the metropolitan area dipped this past month because of concern about grocery prices and possible tax increases in 2013, according to a poll released Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Photo Credit: iStock

Regarding "House OKs bill to ban states' GMO labeling" [Business, July 24], it seems we are missing an important point. This article says nothing about pesticides. To me, it's all about making decisions to avoid eating foods doused in poison.

There is uncertainty about the benefits and risks of foods that are genetically modified. One thing is certain, however, and that is that many GMO crops, such as Roundup-resistant soybeans, are modified to withstand weedkiller. Farmers can then douse the crops with herbicide to reduce weeds and leave the soybeans alive. Ugh!

Roundup is a primary cause for my family swearing to eat only organic soy products. How else can we assure we are not ingesting pesticide in our soy sauce, tofu, edamame, soy milk, etc.? If we had GMO labeling, we would have alternatives.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization, has declared that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, probably causes cancer. Maybe now people will get the word, and Roundup will disappear from store shelves. Better yet, maybe the Food and Drug Administration will finally do its job and take these kinds of poisons out of production, instead of pursuing its dangerous policy of approving herbicides unless someone proves them to be unsuitable.

William "Coty" Keller, Freeport


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