Oregon’s GMO labeling measure heads for a recount!

Oregon's GMO labeling ballot measure is still alive. Could it win?

Oregon’s GMO labeling ballot measure is still alive. Could it become law?

Even though most of the general media who quickly reported that Oregon’s Measure 92 failed, as the saying goes “it ain’t over ’til it’s over!”

Oregon’s ballot measure that would mandate GMO labeling is headed for an official ballot recount. With a gap of 809 votes, an automatic recount has been triggered, which makes it perhaps the closest election in Oregon’s history. This despite a $20 million, deceptive campaign from the opposition led by big food and chemical companies. Monsanto donated nearly $5 million, DuPont Pioneer $4.5 million, Dow AgroSciences over a $1.1 million, with Pepsi and Coke, who use sugar and corn genetically engineered to be resistant to herbicides in their products, combining for over $3.5 million. The previous record for spending on an Oregon ballot initiative was $12 million for both sides combined.

Oregon is on the brink of becoming the fourth U.S. state to require GE labeling. Connecticut and Maine each passed GE labeling laws this past spring, but both bills include a trigger clause requiring several other states to also pass labeling bills before the new laws can be implemented. Vermont was the first state to pass a no-strings-attached labeling law, set to go into effect in 2016.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of organizers, and despite an aggressive and expensive opposition campaign, GE food labeling is still alive in Oregon. Regardless of what happens next, this is only the beginning. But stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed. Wouldn’t it be a great David and Goliath story to have Measure 92 win?

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