Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Note from Neil Young & Dave Matthews to Washington State Voters About Genetic Engineering

JenNeil Young and Dave Matthews sent this email to voters in Washington State today:

Dear Washington voter:

Vote YES on 522 for Freedom of Choice at the grocery store. No on 522 takes your Freedom of Choice away. It’s that simple.

You should have the right to know and choose what's in your food. You feed it to your kids. The big multinational food, chemical, and pesticide companies would rather keep you in the dark. They have paid millions to convince you to vote NO on 522.

That's why we support our right to know if the food we buy for our kids has been genetically engineered. Then we can decide for ourselves, armed with knowledge. That is real freedom. We want Freedom of Choice in our markets.

Raise your voice for transparency in our food system by voting YES on I-522, an initiative that would require mandatory labeling of food made with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the state of Washington.

Join us and Farm Aid and raise your voice for Freedom of Choice in our farm and food system. Vote YES on I-522 and mail your ballot today! Thanks for reading this.

Signed,

Neil Young & Dave Matthews
Farm Aid board members

While nearly 60 countries mandate GE labeling, there are no federal or state regulations that require labeling here in the U.S. You should have the right to know and choose what's in your food—in fact, in polls 90% of us agree on this. As Neil and Dave point out, the big multinational food, chemical, and pesticide companies would rather keep you in the dark.

Washington can change all that. And with GE labeling efforts kicked off in a dozen states, change is definitely coming. If you’re in Washington, be sure to vote yes on 522 and mail your ballot by November 5th. Stay tuned to FarmAid.org for updates on efforts in other states.

Labeling GE food is good for family farmers and all of us who eat. Labeling GE foods will help family farmers who do not plant GE seeds to have a stronger market for selling their goods. It will make finding non-GE seeds easier and more affordable. It will help ensure organic farmers can stay organic. And labeling GE foods will let all of us decide what kind of food we eat and feed our families.

For more info, go to farmaid.org/ge.

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