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Editorial: GMO labels ‘make sense’ for Colorado’s concerned consumers

| | August 22, 2014

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On Wednesday, a proposition over the labeling of genetically modified foods in Colorado was approved for the November ballot. Backers of the Right to Know campaign, which supports the label program, announced they turned in about 39,000 more valid signatures than the needed 86,105 valid signatures.

There are certainly industry groups that will almost immediately mobilize a campaign to defeat the measure. There will be opposition, too, from regular consumers who aren’t directly involved with the industry. From our perspective, most of these consumers are worried about a program that could potentially increase food prices across the board, and they don’t consider GMO food products to be anything to be concerned about.

But there are enough people interested in the source of their foods — how they are grown, their impact on the environment and the economy. Giving those consumers the information they want is sensible policy.

In Colorado, where agriculture is so important, and consumers are keenly aware of their health and the environment, the labels make sense.

Read the full, original article: GMOs on the ballot

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