Letter: Many good reasons to support food labeling bill
Since I believe representatives are supposed to “represent” their constituents, I was very disappointed when the Environment and Agriculture Committee voted not to recommend passage of House Bill 660, which would require the labeling of products containing genetically engineered ingredients, even though (1) a very recent scientific poll revealed that more than 90 percent of NH voters support HB 660 and, (2) its own subcommittee recommended passage. Despite this vote, HB 660 will come before the full House in the new year. If you and I want to know what is in the food we are eating, we must contact our representatives and tell them to vote “Yes” on HB 660.
Having attended nearly all the subcommittee meetings and served on a citizens committee that researched genetic engineering, I am a firm supporter of letting consumers know what they are eating. There is no scientific consensus on the safety of these products. The FDA does not independently test these products but simply accepts the test results of the corporations that produce them. Sixty-four countries require that products containing genetically engineered ingredients be labeled, yet the same companies that deny U.S. citizens their right to know what is in their food label their products as required by these countries. I also have learned that labeling will not increase food costs.
We all have a right to know what is in the food we are eating. HB 660 respects that right.