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Consumers should not be denied basic information of a GMO label

You have it all wrong in the editorial “GMO labeling bill lacks a scientific justification” (July 30). Labels that indicate when foods are produced with genetic engineering would enhance consumers’ ability to make informed choices. Poll after poll shows that the public wants GMO food labels. In fact, this paper cited a recent New York Times survey that found that found 93 percent of respondents favor labeling of genetically modified ingredients.

The United States requires manufacturers to list ingredients and other nutrition information on food packaging, and it has enabled millions of consumers to seek out, avoid, or balance the foods we purchase and prepare for our families. More than 60 countries, including the entire European Union, already require GMO labeling, but in the United States, consumers are still denied this basic information.

Of 200 state lawmakers, 146 support the GMO labeling bill. In addition, 40,000 residents signed petitions and sent e-mails in support of GMO labeling, and 150 Massachusetts farmers and more than 100 organizations support this common-sense right-to-know bill.

Whether you are concerned about genetically modified organisms or not, the choice of whether to eat them or not should be left to the consumers.

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Deirdre Cummings
Consumer program director
MassPIRG
Boston