Groups Aim To Put GMO Food Labeling Measure On The Ballot In Oregon

By Cassandra Profita/OPB

Leaders of the campaign say they're hoping Oregonians will vote to require labels on genetically modified foods sold in the state. They say GMOs aren't thoroughly tested for safety and generate more environmental impacts. So, people should be able to choose not to eat them.

They will need more than 87,000 signatures by July 3rd to put the measure on the November ballot.

David Rosenfeld is the director of OSPIRG – one of groups supporting the measure. He says he is prepared for a fight from food and biotechnology companies that spent millions of dollars to defeat similar labeling measures in Washington and California. But he has a strategy for winning that fight:

Rosenfeld: "We win by talking to hundreds of thousands of Oregonians face to face, person to person, Oregonian to Oregonian. That's what we're going to do."

The Oregon Right To Know campaign has raised 800 thousand dollars in support of the measure so far.

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