Oregon’s state motto, chosen all those years ago, still describes our states spirit – “She flies with her own wings”. Oregonians value self reliance and independence, and that means we also value healthy farms, clean water, and our abundant food sources. We place a priority on personal freedom and individual choice in how we live our lives. And as well informed citizens we like to make our own choices. That’s why so many Oregonians are asking for labeling of GMO foods.
We have a right to know important information about the food we eat and feed our families – such as sugar and sodium levels, whether flavors are natural or artificial, and if fish is wild or farm-raised. We should also have the right to choose whether we want to buy and eat genetically modified (GMO) food, just like 64 other countries already do.
Labeling GMO foods would assist shoppers who are concerned about the potential effects of increased pesticides and herbicides to make informed purchasing decisions at the store.
The Oregon Right to Know initiative is about transparency and empowering shoppers. This is not a ban on genetically modified food and this is not a debate on the science. It’s about consumers getting the information we need to make our own decisions about the food we feed our families. Give us the information and we will make our own decisions.
Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, also created a document that rebuts the false and misleading claims the opposition has been making. You can access it by clicking here: Consumers Union Pushes Back Against Opposition Ads