Backers of the Right to Know Colorado initiative to label GMO foods, Proposition 105, submitted nearly 125,000 valid signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State – nearly 40,000 more than the 86,105 required – to qualify for the November statewide ballot.
DENVER (Aug. 21, 2014) – Right to Know Colorado proudly reports the GMO labeling initiative, which helps Coloradans make informed decisions about the foods they choose for their families, will be on the ballot this November 4. The voter initiative requires the labeling of genetically modified or GMO foods, and will appear on the Colorado statewide ballot as Proposition 105.
The Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced on August 20 that nearly 125,000 valid signatures were received, giving the Right to Know Colorado campaign 145% of the number of signatures required for placement on the ballot. Right to Know Colorado submitted a total of 171,370 signatures by the August 4 deadline, with a 73% validity rate.
"This historic achievement is only possible because of the thousands of hours volunteers contributed to this effort," said Right to Know Colorado campaign Chair Larry Cooper. “We had more than 500 people collect signatures throughout the state with signatures from every county in the state. The people of Colorado made this happen."
"Thank you again to the hundreds of volunteers and the 171,370 people who signed in support of labeling GMOs," said campaign issue committee Co-chair Tryna Cooper. "Now we look toward to November and need your support. Go to our website atRighttoKnowColorado.org, donate, volunteer, get involved, and vote YES on 105!"
Reflecting a July 2013 New York Times poll showing that a great majority (93%) of Americans are in favor of mandatory GMO labeling, a recent independent survey in the state of Colorado shows that 75% of Colorado registered voters would vote yes to require labeling of foods made with genetically engineered ingredients sold in the state.
Proposition 105 asks voters if foods modified or treated with genetically modified materials should be labeled "Produced With Genetic Engineering" starting July 1, 2016. To view the official ballot language, visit www.righttoknowcolorado.org.
"If GMOs are safe, as companies say, then why not label them on food?" said Larry Cooper. "Coloradans should not be left in the dark about what they are feeding their families."
About GMO Labeling
With no federal GMO labeling requirements in place in the U.S., it is estimated that more than 80% of conventional processed foods contain genetically engineered ingredients, primarily from GMO corn, soy, canola, cotton, sugar beets and other GMO crops. However, according to a July 2013 New York Times poll, 93% of Americans are in favor of mandatory GMO labeling. More than 64 other countries require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. Colorado joins more than two dozen other states, including Oregon, Arizona, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, in calling for GMO labeling legislation. Mandatory GMO labeling laws were recently passed in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut.
About Right to Know Colorado
Right to Know Colorado GMO is a grassroots campaign to achieve mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods or GMOs across the state. Right to Know Colorado is built on the foundation that we have the basic right to know what is in our food and what we are feeding our families. The campaign gives Coloradans the opportunity to make informed decisions about their diet, health, and general lifestyle.
Food labels list and describe nearly every detailed component of the food product, from the caloric values and processing information, to the fat and protein content and the known allergens. Adding a simple label for GMO ingredients would fulfill Colorado consumers’ right to know, enabling them to make educated food purchases and dietary choices for themselves and their families.
Right to Know Colorado Hosted a Rally at the State Capitol in Denver on August 4 to Submit Almost Double the Amount of Signatures Needed for Colorado’s GMO Labeling Bill – Initiative 48 – to Qualify for the Fall Statewide Ballot.
In a rally held at the Capitol steps in Denver on August 4, the Right to Know Colorado campaign to label GMO foods delivered 167,950 signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State in support of Initiative 48, thus asserting Coloradans' desire to know if their food has been produced with genetic engineered or GMO ingredients.
With only 86,105 signatures required, campaign supporters were confident that, by turning in almost twice the amount of signatures needed, Initiative 48 to label GMO foods sold in the state would qualify for the fall election ballot.
“I see GMO labeling as a human rights issue,” said Robyn O’Brien, Colorado resident, author of The Unhealthy Truth and founder of the Allergy Kids Foundation. “Moms and families in Colorado and across America have the right to know how their food is made. We know if orange juice comes from concentrate or if milk is pasteurized. With the passage of the Colorado bill, we can collect data on trends around the consumption of food that has been genetically engineered. This data is of enormous value and importance to our farmers, our food companies and our economy, especially in light of the surging demand for food that is free from genetically engineered ingredients."
Featured speakers also included Alan Lewis of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage; Dave Murphy and Lisa Stokke of Food Democracy Now, a leading consumer and farmer advocacy organization; and Marcy Goetz-Than of Moms Across America. More than 150 rally supporters, including farmers, families and consumer advocates, then marched from the Capitol steps to the nearby office of the Colorado Secretary of State to officially submit the signatures in support of I-48.
“We are so proud of Coloradans today for their overwhelming support of consumer transparency, the right to know how our food is produced, and GMO labeling,” said Tryna Cooper, lead proponent of the Right to Know campaign. “A simple label on the package will not raise prices for consumers. It will give families the choice, and can help protect Colorado’s economy, in particular agricultural exports, as 64 other countries require the disclosure and labeling of GMOs in foods.”
Campaign organizers expect to hear from the Secretary of State within a week to 10 days to find out if the Right to Know Colorado GMO labeling measure qualifies for the fall ballot.
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Larry Cooper, Right to Know Colorado, tel 720.467.0189, email@example.com
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An independent survey of 500 registered Colorado voters conducted by Denver-based RBI Strategies shows strong, broad support for requiring foods made with genetically modified, or GMO, ingredients to be labeled “Produced with Genetic Engineering” in Colorado.
Reflecting a June 2014 ABC News poll showing that a vast majority (93%) of Americans are in favor of mandatory GMO labeling, an independent survey in the state of Colorado shows that, overall, 75% of Colorado registered voters would vote "yes" to require labeling of foods made with genetically engineered ingredients, or GMOs, sold in the state.
"These are very strong numbers and indicate that Colorado voters are highly inclined to support an initiative to require GMO labeling,” said Rick Ridder, President of RBI Strategies & Research.
When asked if a voter had to vote "yes" or "no" on an initiative to require food that has been genetically modified be labeled “Produced with Genetic Engineering,” the survey of Colorado registered voters found that "voters across all demographic, political and geographic segments favor GMO labeling on food products sold in the state," said Ridder.Read more
We are making our final push for signatures to make it on the fall ballot through the end of July. For those who have signed and want to go even further consider sharing this graphic and upload it as your profile picture or share on your social media channels. Suggest your friends and followers sign with circulators at Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, or at various community events throughout the state. If you would like to invite a volunteer petition circulator to your event please comment on this post.
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Colorado GMO Labeling Initiative Overcomes Challenge by Biotech, Junk Food Lobby; Supreme Court OKs Statewide GMO Labeling Ballot Title
Despite a challenge by conventional grocery interests, the Colorado Supreme Court on March 13 affirmed Right to Know Colorado’s ballot title to label GMO foods, clearing the way to begin collecting the 86,105 signatures needed for a 2014 statewide ballot measure.
DENVER (March 18, 2014) – In overturning a major challenge by mainstream biotech, pesticide and grocery interests to a statewide GMO labeling ballot initiative, the Colorado State Supreme Court on March 13, 2014, affirmed the title for Ballot Initiative #48 to label the presence of genetically modified foods, commonly called GMOs, on food packaging. In doing so the Colorado Supreme Court turned away a challenge to the title of Right to Know Colorado’s GMO ballot initiative.
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