Colorado GMO labeling initiative set to begin petition push

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DENVER — A group seeking to force grocers and food manufacturers to label genetically engineered foods is about to begin a petition drive to get the 86,105 signatures needed to put an initiative on the November statewide ballot.

Last week, the Colorado Supreme Court denied a challenge by grocers of the petition language submitted by the group Right to Know Colorado, allowing the petition drive to begin.

“We are pleased that the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the GMO labeling ballot title, and we look forward to bringing a GMO labeling initiative before the voters of Colorado this fall,” said Larry Cooper, one of the proponents of the Right to Know Colorado initiative.

“Coloradans have the right to know what is in their food, and to make purchasing decisions for their families based on knowing whether their foods are genetically engineered, and we believe they will have that opportunity after November.”

With no federal GMO labeling requirements in place in the U.S., it is estimated that more than 80 percent of conventional processed foods contain genetically engineered ingredients, primarily from GMO corn, soy, canola, cotton, sugar beets and other GMO crops.

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