Oregon GMO Labeling Proponents Expect Ballot Measure to Qualify

Group needs 87,213 valid signatures by Thursday to get measure on ballot..
Oregon GMO Labeling Proponents Expect Ballot Measure to Qualify

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by Shelby Sebens | Reuters | July 2, 2014


Advocates of mandatory labeling of genetically engineered crops in Oregon said they had collected more than enough signatures to qualify a measure for the November ballot, and planned to submit them on Wednesday to state officials.

The statewide ballot measure, if it passes, would require labeling of products containing genetically modified ingredients intended to make them resistant to disease and insects, beginning in January 2016.

“We’ve done this in a very short period of time,” Oregon Right to Know spokesman Sandeep Kaushik said of the 150,000 signatures collected since the group won a court challenge in May to seek the ballot measure. “We’re really pleased with how well our signature gathering has gone.”

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