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Letter: Support Food-Labeling Bill

To the Editor:

In case you haven’t heard, a New Hampshire legislative committee is now debating HB 660, a bill concerning the labeling of food with genetically modified organisms that would allow for informed consumer choices, which is necessary for the free market to work. As a retired professional nurse, I feel this is an important step forward for the growing number of children and adults with food allergies and dietary restrictions.

Did you know that:

∎  In 2011, more than 90 percent of soybeans and cotton and over 85 percent of field corn cultivated in the United States were genetically modified?

∎  Up to 90 percent of processed foods sold in grocery stores contain GMOs?

∎  Biotechnology companies allow very little independent research on their patented crops?

∎  The federal government does not do safety testing on GMOs?

∎  The potential long-term risks to public health from genetically modified foods are currently unknown?

I believe because there is scientific uncertainty, there is an even greater need for labeling to allow consumers to make informed choices. As a grandmother and supporter of local farmers, I regard this bill as very important because it is a step in the right direction toward protecting my grandchildren and local farmers from these biotech corporations that are taking over our food supply. Please ask your legislator to support your right to choose by voting for labeling.

Elizabeth A. Trought

Dorchester