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Letter: A no-brainer

I was delighted to read the Monitor’s March 8 editorial regarding the food labeling bill, which definitely deserves state support.

Millions of dollars are being spent to prevent consumers from knowing what is in their food. Genetically modified crops and foods have been banned in many countries. The Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture have allowed genetically modified seeds and foods to be grown and put into mainstream consumer products without adequate testing by independent scientists. Scientists and health professionals all over the world are sounding alarms on the potential dangers of GMO products to our health and to our food production. The least we can do to help citizens decide what they will consume is to require labeling.

Both Maine and Vermont are considering such bills, and Whole Foods has announced it will require labeling with the target being five years. This is a basic change that the New Hampshire Legislature can put into place now to help us all choose what we eat wisely. I agree with Rep. Maureen Mann’s statement, “The bottom line is people have a right to know what they are putting in their bodies.” This is a no-brainer which all legislators should vote to pass.

ELIZABETH A. TROUGHT

Dorchester

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