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Crops grown from seed genetically engineered to withstand pesticides made up 11.7% of fields planted worldwide, a report released Thursday says. Letter to the editor:

The recent column "General Mills caves to the food police" questioned the sincerity of concerned consumers calling for a sustainable food system.

Nearly 49% of voters in California and Washington voted for labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food — hardly a minority of radical activists. General Mills did not cave to the "food police" but recognized that more Americans understand that GMOs have environmental and health risks.

Chipotle, Whole Foods, producers of 15,000 products verified by the Non-GMO Project and organic companies understand this rising consumer movement. General Mills would be wise to commit to removing GMO ingredients from all its products.

Nicole McCann, food campaigns director, Green America; Washington, D.C.

Genetically modified (GM) products at least should be labeled. Give the consumers the knowledge of what they are eating. Farm groups fight the labeling because they know the smart consumer is going to go for non-GM crops if given the choice.

— Brett Vredenburg

With a little bit of misinformation and a little bit of ignorance (understandable because chemistry isn't everyone's strong suit), people might scare themselves away from buying something labeled "genetically modified," even if the fears are unjustified.

James Jones

Let the market decide. If labeling GM foods is such a great idea, it will catch on.

Either way, I think we deserve to know what's in our food.

Mark Smith

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