The campaign to label genetically modified foods is Washington is tragically misguided. Proponents claim that genetically modified crops are harmful for people and the environment, and therefore should be labeled. They are wrong. The safety of genetically modified foods has been studied by almost every major scientific body—including the World Health Organization, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Science Advisor to the European Commission.
They have all come to the same conclusion. The current GMO foods available to the public pose no health risks, and the potential for any future risks is slim.
The environmental impact of GM crops has also been studied. There is a large body of scientific literature that shows GM crops have dramatically reduced pesticides and increased biodiversity. According to research published in the anthology Environmental Impact of Genetically Modified Crops, in the year 2000, the adoption of GM crops led to a global reduction of 22.3 million kg of pesticides.
I-522 is an arbitrary labeling scheme designed to scare people, not inform them. It will not help people make better choices in the supermarket, but the exact opposite.