GMO labeling movement garners possible spot on November ballot

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DENVER -- The movement to require food manufacturers to identify genetically modified organisms (GMO) is picking up support and may be an issue for voters to decide this November.

Members of a coalition fighting for GMO labeling held a rally at the state capitol then marched to the Secretary of State’s office Monday.

They have collected more than 170,000 signatures on a petition in an effort to get the issue on the ballot.  They say they well surpassed the 86,105 signatures required.

Reports estimate that more than 80 percent of conventional processed foods contain ingredients that are modified to last longer and yield better results.  Commonly modified food includes corn, soy  and canola.

“Right now there's  not a family in the country that isn't impacted by diabetes or autism or allergies or cancer.  People are having  a food awakening and they want to know what's in their food," said Robyn O’Brien of the Allergy Kids Foundation.

There are experts who say GMOs are safe, although more than 64 other countries require labels to identify them.

Sara  Froelich of the Coalition Against Misleading Labeling Initiative warns that requiring GMO labeling would be “a very costly measure that would cost Colorado taxpayers millions of dollars and would increase Colorado families' grocery bills by over a hundred dollars every year.”

Groups that are calling for GMO labeling say companies that are already doing it are shining examples for others to follow and prove that being forthright about a product’s contents doesn’t have to affect the bottom line.

Health experts  say anyone wanting to avoid GMO’s can find many labeled items in their health food store.

For more information about both sides of the GMO issue you can visit LabelGMSs.org and TechnologyReview.com.

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6 comments

  • Codswallop Hogwash

    Yes, but there is not one shred of scientific evidence that shows GMO foods are any different from Non-GM0 foods. Another case of the villagers are angry at what they do not know is going on up in the castle.

    • Anonymous

      Actually there is a ton of evidence showing the horrible effects of GMO and the insane amount of pesticides they are now using because of GMO not just in your body but also in the genes which you will pass onto your kids. When the head of the European Unions Genetic Engineering program testified before parliament of his 2 year study showing everything from cancer in mice to infertility in their off spring GMO’s were labeld and/or banned with-in months. Yet we never heard a word about it in USA because evil, greedy food companies and CHEMICAL WEAPONS COMPANIES made sure of that. The same corporations who control GMO seeds are the very same people who created Agent Orange, DDT and many, many other extremely deadly chemicals. As a citizen of the great USA I should have the same rights as people in places like Latvia and Saudi Arabia. I should have the right to know what I am feeding myself and my child and be allowed to make the choice. This was meant to be a country for the people and by the people NOT for the corporation and by the corporation. IT IS TIME TO TO LET THESE EVIL, GREEDY FOLKS KNOW WE WILL NOT TOLERATE PLACING PROFIT MARGINS OVER PEOPLE ANY LONGER!

  • Jelly

    If that is your belief, why are the companies using GMO products so appalled at having to put it on their packaging. Hmmm… THE RIGHT TO KNOW is all I am saying

  • Marie

    “there’s a lot we don’t know about the health risks. ‘We’re still all guinea pigs when it comes to eating GE foods,’ Michael Hansen, Ph.D., senior scientist at Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, said. Some animal studies have found that genetically engineered foods may cause liver, kidney and bone marrow problems. There are also concerns that these products may introduce new allergens into the food supply. ‘When genetic engineering changes a plant, it may create toxins,’ Hansen said. ‘And we still don’t know what the health effects might be.’ ” http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/04/why-we-need-to-label-gmo-foods/index.htm

  • Marie

    “Opponents[…] claim it would increase the price of food for a three-person household by $350 to $400 a year. But that estimate is based on an assumption that if labeling were required, companies would immediately change entirely to nonengineered or organic ingredients, which would cost a lot. We feel that this assumption is not realistic, however, and in the long run, we don’t think consumers will see a price increase. Rather, we believe that some companies may simply label, and many […] may still buy labeled products, especially if they are cheaper than unlabeled or ‘non-GMO’ products.” http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2013/10/labeling-genetically-engineered-food-washington-initiative-522/index.htm

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