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WSJ Reports on the “Organic Food Labeling Ballot Initiatives”

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On November 4th, citizens in Colorado and Oregon will have to decide on whether or not to approve contentious ballot initiatives that would require the mandatory labeling of certain products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal wrote an interesting piece that takes a look at what the organic industry will gain if these labeling initiatives pass.  It turns out quite a lot: “If you can’t beat them, ask Read More >

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As Midterm Elections Near Some Voters Will Have to Decide on More Than Who Will Control the State’s Legislature

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As we close in on the “midterm” elections, not only will voters decide which parties will control the states’ legislatures but many will be asked to vote on contentious ballot initiatives. Colorado and Oregon each have statewide ballot initiatives pending that would force food companies to label any products derived from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). In Maui County, Hawaii (including the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai) and in Humboldt County, California, voters will decide Read More >

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From Hawaii to Colorado to Oregon: GMO Labeling Initiatives Hit Campaign Ballots

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HAWAII A judge’s ruling allows Maui County to print ballots that ask voters about a proposed moratorium on genetically engineered crops, reports the Associated Press. The decision dissolves a temporary restraining order after those who support genetically modified organisms sued to remove the measure. They argued its wording was deceptive, misleading and would confuse voters. The county filed to dissolve the order, which had prevented preparing ballots. Some ballots, including those for military members, have Read More >

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Like Dominoes they Fall – the GMO Labeling Bills Nationwide.

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Last week, the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (commonly called the state legislature) went into recess. While it is a year-round legislature, bills not passed by the end of last week are now considered dead. This would include the GMO labeling bill which proponents only weeks earlier had proclaimed to be supported by the majorities of both the House and Senate. However, a large coalition of agricultural and food organizations spent several months Read More >

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Jackson County GMO Cultivation Ban Isn’t Really About Contamination

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A recent piece by Xiao Zhi Lim of the Genetic Literacy Project notably counters contamination arguments made by organic farmers in Jackson County, Oregon. Her article “Oregon counties vote on measures to ban GMO farming to guard organic farmers from ‘contamination’” examines how these false concerns have helped organic farmers stifle their competition. In Oregon’s May 20 primary election, “the spotlight was on Jackson County” while residents passed Measure 15-119 which ultimately bans the cultivation Read More >

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