The fight for genetically modified (GMO) labeling of food, has taken the country by storm. First California tried and failed at getting a law passed to label all genetically modified foods. Then Vermont and a few other states at it’s border succeeded in passing a law that is set to go into affect as soon as certain measure takes place. Then there is Oregon. The latest poll shows that the fight to have foods labeled as GMO in that state was lost by just about 809 votes! That is an amazing 0.06 margin! Basically, the entire state wants to label GMO’s. However, Monsanto, alone, was recorded as funneling approximately 1.6 million dollars into the campaign to fight against it, and as we all know, money talks.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, in an article posted November 25, “Tallies of the last remaining ballots show an Oregon measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods lost by only 809 votes and is headed for an automatic recount.” The votes were counted Monday, November 24th and at such a close margin, a recount is surely in affect. Although, past results show that a recount does not measurably change the original outcome, there is always that one chance that is worth the shot. The recount won’t officially be done until around the first week of December, after the official results are tallied.
It is hard for us to believe that there are still people that do not know hat is going on or what the letters GMO stand for. However, in Oregon, Colorado, California, Maine, Vermont and a few other states, it is well known. The fight is heating up all over the country. If one state succeeds and the law actually goes into affect, that will open the gates for more states to follow through. The problem for the people is, the big wigs that are over the biotech industry have enough money to shoot down most measures for labeling. They have the dirty money to fuel people’s thoughts using TV ads, radio ads, and websites to share what they deem as necessary to sway people’s opinions, even the facts.
Recounts are rare, actually. So this is good news for those that are on the opposing side of the biotech industry. It shows that more and more people want their food labeled if it is contaminated with genetic modifications. It shows that the fight is being swayed towards the people more and that the efforts of the March Against Monsanto and other pro-GMO labeling groups are paying off.
Despite all things, Oregon is on the brink of becoming the fourth U.S. state to require GMO labeling. Connecticut and Maine each passed GMO labeling laws this past spring, but both bills include a trigger clause requiring several other states to also pass labeling bills before the new laws can be implemented. Vermont was the first state to pass a no-strings-attached labeling law, set to go into effect in 2016.