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Letter: Consumers kept in dark and fed manure

Monsanto and their kind cornered the market on genetically engineered seed over 30 years ago. Since then, many farmers have had no choice but to buy genetically altered seeds, and as much as 70 percent of processed food in America contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The right to know Proposition 105 highlights what these giant companies have been playing down publicly all these years: American consumers are being treated like mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed manure.

Objections about labeling are groundless. These multinational giants already label and store products being shipped to the 64 countries that require GMO labeling. Colorado Public Radio has reported that Monsanto, General Mills, ConAgra and their cronies are spending over $11 million to protect themselves. Haven’t you wondered who paid for the four glossy full-colored slick mailings we have all received recently? And the TV ads? And they claim they can’t afford to add “produced with genetic engineering” to a label without raising prices?

As far as the price of food, when you think about it, among all the hundreds of products you buy, food is the only one you actually put inside your body. You might want to seriously consider what you are putting in there. Why? Not just because “you are what you eat.” There are at least two other good reasons.

First, what will you say when God asks you, “Why did you do nothing when they tampered with the food I created for you?” Second, what will you say to your grandchildren when they ask you, “What did you do to protect my food when it was being genetically manipulated and mutated, not for my health, but for the sake of profits?”

Vote yes on Proposition 105, and claim your God-given right to know.

Dee Jaquet

Grand Junction

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