October 17, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 26

Labeling genetically modified foods is important in I-522

Letters to the Editor

Washington’s 731 certified organic farms are an economic powerhouse, generating $284.4 million in farm gate sales (price paid to farmers) in 2011. According to the USDA, Washington ranks second in the nation for organic farm gate sales, and trade industry data shows the organic industry is creating jobs at four times the national rate.  Published data shows organic farming is more profitable and economically secure than conventional farming over the long term. 

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Organic farmers are prohibited from using genetically engineered seeds or genetically engineered livestock feed. I believe th...

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