Journal of the San Juan Islands


Going overboard; ‘No’ on GMO ban | Letters

November 4, 2012 · Updated 4:43 PM

It appears many people have been fed and cotton crops have survived thanks to genetically modified organisms.

The science has not proven specific harmful effects of most GMO products. The research studies from France and India that vilify GMOs are being peer reviewed and questioned.

There is a strong anti-Monsanto sentiment. There is also a rampant fad to label GMO-free items. Notice such items cost a bit more too.

There is a concern that messing with Mother Nature could be dangerous (I remember the margarine commercial.) Could there be harmful effects of GMOs? I do think the potential is there for some GMOs but not defined for the thousands of GMOs in existence. Why ban all GMOs?

Could there be a cure for cancer in a GMO grain? There are efforts to develop cattle that are resistant to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease). What is bad about that?

As far as legislation, this ban on all GMOs is too broad and restrictive. Come back with specifics (do not include animals) or a deadline for reconsideration and maybe I will agree with the ban. The way our laws are written is very important. Vote “No” on the GMO ban.

Michelle Loftus, San Juan Island


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