Final Infographic Spotlights Dueling Food Brands on Colorado and Oregon Initiatives For the third election cycle in a row, biotech corporations and large agribusinesses narrowly defeated statewide citizen initiatives that would have mandated the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients on food packages. This time the electoral showdowns took place in Oregon, where it was narrowly defeated, and Colorado where the loss was decisive after labeling backers chose to focus their resources on Oregon. As
Benton County Food Freedom Willamette Valley farmers in Oregon have created a Community Bill of Rights preserving their rights to a local food system. The Local Food System Ordinance of Benton County (Measure 2-89) will be voted on in May 2015, and would protect conventional and organic farmers from further crop contamination from GMOs.
New Jersey Herald Source: Ben Rea ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Farmers in New York state would be better protected against lawsuits from biotech companies if genetically modified crops inadvertently grow on their fields under a bill passed by the state’s Assembly. Seed producers have sued farmers around the country for allegedly growing their bioengineered crops without buying the seed. Farmers often argue the seeds arrived by wind or other natural means.
Proposition, similar to those in Maine and Connecticut, responds to increase in public awareness The Brown Daily Herald by Alon Galor Source: Wikimedia Commons Legislation introduced Jan. 15 would require genetically engineered products in Rhode Island to be clearly labeled “produced with genetic engineering,” and would also specify what the term “genetically engineered product” — which has multiple definitions — would mean in the state. Rep. Raymond Hull, D-Providence and Rep. Dennis Canario, D-Portsmouth, Little