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Letter: Consumers have the right know what they’re eating

Re “Labeling effort is confusing, misleading” (Monitor Forum, Sept. 19):

Robert Johnson, policy director of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau, says “a sign conspicuously placed over the corn reading ‘Genetically Engineered’ ” would be “confusing and misleading,” but a few paragraphs later he says, “When customers have questions about biotechnology, we encourage them to speak with us. We encourage this in many ways, including through signage.”

Why would you want to have pro-GE signs but object to signs that simply state a method of growing your crops?

Farmers have the right to plant whatever they want. If they feel they must defend their crop choices, then they can explain the benefits as they see them to their customers and let the consumers decide. As Michael Hansen said, “It’s a matter of marketing.”

Consumers also have rights, including the right to know what we are eating. Sixty-four countries, including Japan, China, Australia, Russia, New Zealand, Syria and the entire European Union already mandate the labeling of GMOs. Polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs. Why would anyone say we should not have the right to know what we are eating?

It is time for New Hampshire to stand up and be heard: We want labeling now! My full response can be found at tinyurl.com/NHRTK-Monitor. Questions may be sent to info@NHRightToKnowGMO.org.

BONNIE WRIGHT

Salem

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