"I say let the free market take place, give it time."
Terry Fewel owns farmland on the outskirts of Zillah.
He's grown his own crops there for most of his life, however, he feels his way of life may be at risk -- if Initiative 522 is passed next week.
"I think as farmers, we're all concerned about one thing, and that's the affordability of our product in the marketplace," said Fewel.
Voters will be asked to vote in favor or against Initiative 522.
If approved, it would require foods produced entirely or partly with genetic engineering be labeled as so when sold in the state of Washington.
The law would go into effect next July -- and would authorize state enforcement and civil penalties if growers or companies violate it.
Fewel says the measure would devastate local growers in our state, opening them up for potential lawsuits, costing them more money for labeling, and put a black mark on the term "GMO," which some farmers argue has had no adverse effects on consumers.
Supporters say the initiative will give consumers the freedom to know what's being put into their body, rather than having it being dictated by the government, growers, and corporations.
Supporters also argue consumers reserve the right to eat genetically engineered foods or not.
We spoke to dozens of people in our area, and most people came back rejecting the measure.
Former state Director of Agriculture, Dan Newhouse, says it's a common consensus in our community.
"Taxpayers will see an increase in the cost to state government to practice the new regulations and enforce them," said Newhouse, "Probably the biggest cost that will impact everybody, that everybody is looking at, will be the increased cost to our grocery bills."
"I say let the free market take place, give it time," said Fewel, "If there's a big enough demand for GMO product labeling, the marketplace will respond to that."