Oregon Launches Campaign to Require GMO Labeling
Coalition leaders from food safety, environmental and consumer protection groups announced they will move forward with a major statewide initiative campaign to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.
Oregon Right to Know announced that they are moving forward with a major statewide signature gathering effort to place a measure requiring foods containing genetically modified organisms to be labeled on the November ballot. Appearing before an enthusiastic group of campaign supporters at the campaign office in NE Portland, campaign leaders announced that they expect to run a full-scale statewide campaign, and will use both paid signature gatherers and hundreds of volunteers to collect the 87,213 valid signatures needed by July 3 to place the measure on the November ballot.
David Rosenfeld, the Executive Director of OSPIRG, said Oregon Right to Know has no illusions about the battle they will face to win in November.
“We know from past experience that the big chemical companies that manufacture GMOs, like Monsanto and Dow, will spend millions to try to confuse the issue and block Oregon residents from being able to decide for themselves whether or not to eat GMOs,” Rosenfeld said.
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