Colorado follows other leading states who, due to voter demand, have placed a proposition requiring the labeling of genetically modified (GM) food on the November election ballot. Vermont, Connecticut and Maine require GM labeling and voters in Oregon will decide this fall whether to require it as well, according to The Associated Press.
The Colorado Secretary of State verified the signatures required to place the ballot, called proposition 105 on the November ballot. The proposition will require voters to vote if foods modified or treated with genetically modified materials should be labeled “Produced With Genetic Engineering” to take effect on the 1st of July 2016. The proposition exempts certain foods from the labeling requirement including foods from animals that are not genetically modified but have been fed or injected with genetically modified food or drugs, as are unpackaged foods for immediate consumption, alcoholic beverages, food for animals and medically prescribed foods.
In effect it means that genetically modified unpackaged food would still not require to be labelled. Zucchini, Squash, Soy, Corn and papaya are the most common current genetically modified fruit and vegetable products. In contrast to the European Union the U.S. does not have a rapid alert system for food and feed, notifying of attempts to import genetically modified food substances from other countries.
As expected, proponents against the labeling initiative are vocally opposed to the ballot. “Proposition 105 will absolutely raise food prices to the tune of hundreds of dollars per year for a family of four,”said Sara Froelich, spokeswoman for the Colorado-based Coalition Against the Misleading Labeling Initiative. “We have a broad coalition who are very concerned about Proposition 105.”
Vermont, Connecticut and Maine all require the labeling and voters in Oregon will decide this fall whether to require it as well, according to The Associated Press.
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