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From Hawaii to Colorado to Oregon: GMO Labeling Initiatives Hit Campaign Ballots

October 2, 2014
HAWAII

A judge’s ruling allows Maui County to print ballots that ask voters about a proposed moratorium on genetically engineered crops, reports the Associated Press.

The decision dissolves a temporary restraining order after those who support genetically modified organisms sued to remove the measure. They argued its wording was deceptive, misleading and would confuse voters.

The county filed to dissolve the order, which had prevented preparing ballots. Some ballots, including those for military members, have to be mailed this week, the Maui News reported.

The proposed moratorium would make it illegal to cultivate, grow or test genetically modified crops in Maui County until companies complete environmental and public health studies to show their practices are safe.

Stop The Maui Farming Ban

To learn more on the consequences of the farming ban and why you should Vote NO on the Initiative, visit the Citizens Against the Maui County Farming Ban Initiative site.

Maui senior community leader May Fujiwara discusses agriculture’s deep roots in Hawaii, which are a big part of her own family’s history. She then describes what the Farming Ban initiative would mean for the people of Maui County – not just the employees who could lose their jobs, but merchants and other local businesses:



COLORADO

No On 105

In the 2014 ballot measure, voters in Colorado will decide whether or not they want the state to require labels on foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. If passed, Proposition 105 would require food companies and farmers to affix on a food label with the text: "Produced with genetic engineering" if the product contains certain genetically modified crops and their derived oils and sugars that end up in processed foods.

The Vote NO on Proposition 105 Coalition has put together some great television ad's illustrating the real impact that measure would have on Colorado's citizens:

Don Ament: "Proposition 105 Hurts Colorado’s Economy"
Don Ament is a former Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture and a farmer from Iliff, Colorado. Don gives Colorado voters the facts on how Proposition 105 would hurt Colorado’s economy. 



 Amber Clay: "Farmer and Nutrition Educator"

Amber Clay is a farmer and nutrition educator from Erie, Colorado. Amber and her husband Doug farm about 1,500 acres of wheat. Amber describes her opposition to Proposition 105 and how Proposition 105 conflicts with national labeling standards.



We also encourage you to visit the Coalition's website at: http://NOon105.com/join!

OREGON

Earlier this year, voters in two rural counties in southern Oregon — Jackson and Josephine — approved bans on GMO crops. A similar initiative has made its way to the statewide ballot - The Oregon Mandatory Labeling of GMOs Initiative, Measure 92. The measure would mandate the labeling of certain foodstuffs that were produced with or contain genetically modified organisms.

Family farmers across Oregon such as Matt are urging a NO vote on Measure 92. Measure 92 on the November 2014 Oregon statewide ballot would create a complex and misleading Oregon-only food labeling system that no other state requires. Listen to Matt speak here:



Find out why Oregon’s independent Citizens’ Initiative Review Panel recommends a NO vote on Measure 92:



Visit here to learn more on why you should Vote NO on Measure 92 and it's not good for Oregon.