Oregon Labeling of Genetically-Engineered Foods, Measure 27 (2002)

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The Oregon Labeling of Genetically-Engineered Foods Act, also known as Measure 27, was on the November 5, 2002 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have required the labeling of foods derived or processed using genetically-engineered materials with label prepared by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 27 (2002)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No886,80670.5%
Yes 371,851 29.5%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

Requires Labeling Of Genetically-Engineered Foods (As Defined) Sold Or Distributed In Or From Oregon[2]

Proponents

Donna Harris and Katelyn A Lord

Support

Supporters of the measure argued that "Oregonians should have the right to know what they are eating." They repeated the belief of some activists that genetic engineering of food poses a potential threat to health and safety.[3]

Some of those who supported the measure are:

[4]

  • R. David Pittle, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Technical Policy
  • Jean Halloran, Director, Consumer Policy Institute
  • Michael K. Hansen Ph.D., CPI Research Associate, Consumers Union

Opposition

Opponents aruged that Oregon's agricultural industry would be burdened by excessive costs if the measure were to pass, given the lack of such a requirement throughout the rest of the United States. In addition, opponents noted the lack of evidence that GMO foods posed a danger to human health.[5] Many say that genetically engineered foods are good for the environment, and hang their hats on the Food and Drug Administration’s claims that GMOs are safe.[6]

Some of those who opposed the measure are:

  • The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)[7]
  • General Mills Inc
  • DuPont Co.
  • H.J. Heinz Co.
  • Grocery Manufacturers of America[8]

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