Representatives of the campaigns for and against the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot that would require labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients didn’t agree on much during a forum Wednesday night at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Measure 92 would require labels on most foods purchased at the store that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Food exempt from labeling under Measure 92 includes meat and dairy, as well as restaurant food.
Voters rejected similar labeling measures in California in 2012 and Washington in 2013.
Dave Rosenfeld, executive director of the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group, said some people think GMOs are unsafe and consumers have a right to know whether their food contains them.
Dana Bieber, a spokeswoman for the No on 92 campaign, said Measure 92 would not provide an accurate labeling system because of the exemptions would mean 60 percent of food wouldn’t be labeled.
She said Americans have been eating GMO foods for two decades, and scientists who studied health effects of these foods have not found any problems.
“They are the most tested food in our entire food supply system,” Bieber said.
Bieber said Measure 92 would be expensive for farmers and food processors because they would have to use separate equipment for any non-GMO products.
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