Oregonians Will Vote On GMO Labeling Initiative

Jul 23, 2014

Oregonians will get the chance to vote on whether food companies should label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. An initiative to do that qualified for the November ballot Wednesday.

Supporters of a GMO labeling initiative rallying in front of the Oregon capitol earlier this month.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Sandeep Kaushik is with the group behind the ballot measure. He says the campaign gathered more than 100,000 valid signatures in just six weeks.

"That's really indicative of the fact that this is an issue of significant concern for Oregonians," Kaushik said.

A lobbyist for the pesticide industry issued a statement calling the initiative "costly and misleading." Washington voters turned down a similar proposal last year.

A GMO-labeling law is set to take effect in 2016 in Vermont. But the plan is on hold due to a lawsuit by the grocery industry.

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