Letter: Support GMO labeling bill
On Jan. 15, the New Hampshire House will vote on whether we will have the right to know if the foods we buy contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Generally, if a food is not certified “organic,” it likely contains some variety of GMO (including nearly all corn, soy, and canola).
Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have decided to enforce such a requirement. Connecticut and Maine have already enacted GMO labeling laws, and Vermont and Massachusetts appear to be close behind. Meanwhile, agrochemical giants DuPont, Monsanto, BASF and others have spent more than $70 million to oppose these bills.
Foods are often genetically modified so that growers can spray them with strong pesticides and herbicides, such as glyphosate. Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT has studied the health hazards of the more than 80,000 tons of glyphosate (similar to Roundup) that are applied to our GMO food crops each year, and they aren’t pretty.
These same companies label their products for half of the world’s consumers in 64 other countries that require GMO labeling – including Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan, Jordan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the U.K. and Vietnam. Why not here?
This week, Jeffrey Seifert’s documentary GMO OMG aired at the Red River Theatres. Although the film is somewhat short on science, it has captured the attention of concerned parents. House BIll 660 does not prohibit the sale of foods containing GMOs; it simply requires food distributors to tell us if GMOs are present. Please ask your representatives to support this bill!
JEAN B. WELD