Washington State Nurses Association Endorses Yes on 522

Information is critical when making important health care decisions

SEATTLE— The Washington State Nurses Association has endorsed Initiative 522, to label genetically engineered foods. Washington State Nurses Association endorsed Yes on 522 because they felt providing more information for consumers and health care professionals to make decisions about what is best for their health is critical.

“As health care professionals, Washington’s nurses want everyone to have information to make important decisions about their health. It is ’informed consent’. That’s why we support labeling of genetically engineered foods. The more information our patients and we have to better trace potential allergens, toxins and the food supply chain the better. This information allows our patients to make the best decisions for their health.” –Judy Huntington, MN, RN, Executive Director of Washington State Nurses Association

“We are excited to add the Washington State Nurses Association to our growing and broad coalition of support. This initiative is about providing consumers with important information so they can control the grocery shopping decisions that affect their family’s health. Just like we know sugar and sodium levels, whether flavors are natural or artificial, and if fish is wild or farm-raised, we should know whether our food has been genetically engineered. And without labeling, health care professionals cannot trace potential health issues or treat patients to the best of their abilities.” –Delana Jones, Campaign Manager, Yes on 522