Voters in Oregon, Colorado Deny GMO Labeling Measures

Voters in Oregon, Colorado Deny GMO Labeling Measures

Tight race in Oregon, though Colorado's 'no' vote on GMO labeling leads by hefty margin

Voters considering GMO labeling questions in Oregon and Colorado voted no on both measures Nov. 4.

The Oregon GMO labeling question, Measure 92, would have required "food manufacturers and retailers to label 'genetically engineered' foods as such." Narrowly defeated with a 49.66% yes vote the 50.34% no vote, 92 supporters aren't willing to concede yet.

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Oregon Right to Know, a pro-GMO labeling group in the state, told voters that votes are still being tallied and there's "still has a path to victory" after coming within 10,000 votes of the lead Wednesday.

A voter enters a polling station at the Community Center November 4, 2014, in Garwin, Iowa. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)

The group says the "vast majority of Oregonians want labels on GMOs because we have a right to know what's in our food."

Related: Big GMO Labeling Votes on Tap for Election Day 2014

More than $8 million was spent supporting the "yes" campaign, according to the Oregon Secretary of State and reported by The Oregonian, though it was outpaced by the $20 million spent to defeat it.

In Colorado, voters in opposition of labeling appeared to grab the clear majority on its labeling question, Proposition 105, garnering 65% of the vote.

Funds for the campaign were a bit more conservative in Colorado, with the No on 105 coalition taking in about $16.7 million and the Right To Know Colorado GMO committee raising $900,000, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.


Are you interested in the GMO discussion? Penton Farm Progress Special Projects Editor Holly Spangler this summer explored GMO foods, GMO labeling and the general genetically modified food debate in an exclusive series. Follow the links below for more.

Would GM Label Ensure Food Safety?
GM Labeling: Dollars Make a Difference
GMOs: The Fight to Label
Urban Moms on GMOs


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