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It’s been a busy few months for GMO proponents and opponents alike. Following a narrow loss of a Washington state GMO labeling bill, two Hawaiian islands passed bills this week restricting or outright banning GMO farming — woohoo, Hawaii!
Now, the U.S. GMO combat zone moves to Oregon, where GMO labeling advocates are pushing forward with an initiative that would put a labeling bill on the state’s 2014 ballot.
In an interview with Northwest Public Radio, Scott Bates with GMO Free Oregon explained that the failure of Washington’s I-552 labeling initiative will make Oregon’s journey to labeling more difficult, but it doesn’t spell an impossible situation, either. “It would have been better if it had passed but it’s not going to change our course of action at all,” he said. “We’re still moving forward to some degree with even more determination than before.”
As of today, a petition for the initiative has been filed with the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division. According to this document, 87,213 signatures will be needed to move the Oregon initiative forward.
Get your pens out, Oregon! It’s time to sign this movement into action.
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