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M92: Requiring Labels For Genetically Engineered Food In Oregon


Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli (Creative Commons)

Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli (Creative Commons)

Oregonians will decide in November whether to require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered (GE) foods. Washington considered a similar measure last November, but it was voted down.

Money has poured in to groups campaigning for and against the measure. The biggest donors to the “Yes on 92” campaign include Dr. Bronner’s, Mercola Health Resources, and the Organic Consumers Fund.  The “No on 92” campaign’s biggest backers include the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Monsanto, and DuPont Pioneer.

Proponents of the measure say that it will help inform consumers about what’s in their food, while opponents say requiring labels on GE food would add a cost-burden to food shoppers.

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Editor’s note: this post was changed to remove incorrect information about the percentage by which the Washington measure failed.

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