United Farm Workers Endorses Yes on 522

Washingtonians should have the right to know what’s in their food—and how it is grown 

SEATTLE— The United Farm Workers announced its support if Initiative 522, the Washington ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods.

“Study after study shows that genetically engineered crops use more pesticides. With the increase in pesticide use, farm worker’s health is at risk. They shouldn’t have to risk their health to grow our food,” Erik Nicholson, National Vice President, United Farm Workers. “We are supporting Initiative 522 because it gives Washingtonians more information about what’s in the food they are buying and eating—and how it was grown.”

“Labeling genetically engineered foods allows all Washingtonians, no matter where they live or how much money they make, to have more control over and information about the groceries they are buying.  We are proud to add the United Farm Workers to our broad coalition of support. Workers that grow and pick our foods have a right to a safe and healthy work environment—one that is free of an increased use in pesticides due to GE crops.” –Delana Jones, Campaign Manager, Yes on 522