GMO labeling on November ballot in Colorado

A proposition seeking the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms will be on the November ballot, the Colorado Secretary of State said. Signatures were verified for the ballot initiative — Proposition 105 — according to the group, meaning the question will go before voters in this year’s elections.

“We did it!” Right to Know Colorado, which is backing the effort, said in a Facebook post.

Petitioners needed 86,105 valid signatures for a measure to be added to the ballot and were due to the Secretary of State August 4. Right to Know Colorado said that it submitted 171,370 signatures and had a 73 percent validity rate.

“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.”

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The coalition includes local farm, food industry and biotechnology associations, Froelich said, as well as several national food organizations. The group says the proposition has the potential to provide “bad information” to consumers.

Read the full, original article: GMO food labeling initiative approved for Colorado ballot proposition

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