PORTLAND, OREGON Oregon Right to know has announced a statewide petition signature campaign to place GMO labeling of food products on the November ballot. 87,213 valid signatures must be collected by July 3, 2014 . Hundreds of paid and volunteer signature gatherers are being trained now to circulate the petitions for Ballot Initiative Title #44.
“We have the right to know important information about the food we eat and feed our families. We should have the right to choose whether we want to buy and eat genetically engineered food,” said Aurora Paulsen, an attorney at the Center for Food Safety, a major baker of the initiative effort.
if voters were approve the Initiative in November the labeling requirement would go into use in January 2016. Oregon could be the first state to do this by initiative process. Vermont has the requirement it was enforced legislatively.