Vail Daily letter: ‘Yes’ on Proposition 105 |

Vail Daily letter: ‘Yes’ on Proposition 105

I would like to provide some clarity on a very important topic, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and Proposition 105. There is a lot of misinformation out there, like GMOs are the same as hybrids made for thousands of years or that labeling GMOs will make our food costs go up.

Genetically engineering foods are very different from hybridization, which is a cross between two naturally compatible varieties within the same species. Farmers have been selectively breeding and hybridizing crops for thousands of years. Conversely, genetic engineering uses the process of artificially inserting foreign genes into the cellular structure of a plant, animal or microorganism in a laboratory to gain desired traits. In fact, some varieties of corn and soy can produce their own pesticides, which require them to be registered as a pesticide with the EPA.

Genetically engineered foods or GMOs are a fairly new addition to our food supply, introduced into the food supply in 1996. Even though they have been in the food system for almost 20 years, companies have kept this fact hidden. Proposition 105 serves to offer consumers a label that will inform them when a genetically engineered ingredient exists. It is not a ban on GMOs, it’s just a label, and we deserve to know.

Consumer Reports conducted a study and determined the increase in cost to be $2.30 per person per year for GMO labels. What is the cost to your health by consuming foods made in a lab? With food related allergies now at a 265 percent increase since GMOs were introduced into our food supply, shouldn’t we be made aware when a GMO is present in our food? As a parent I want to know what I am feeding my son. Having done my own research I have not seen any supportive evidence to believe GMOs are safe.

I hope this information is helpful. If you would like additional information you can check the Right To Know Colorado website, Vote “yes” on 105 — it’s your basic right to know!

Maria DeSimone

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