Genetically Modified GMO Foods come under pressure in Oregon and Vermont

Science behind Genetically Modified Organisms GMO contamination

     Just two weeks ago Vermont became the first US state to require GMO products be labeled in a way that distinguishes them from non GMO (by food manufacturers).  Many in the industry don't like the move as it will ultimately have a negative effect on sales of those products due to a negative perception, regardless of the scientific evidence (though the long term effects of eating GMO remain unknown).  If the Right to Know bill gets passed in Oregon, GMO labeled foods will begin showing up on store shelves in January of 2016.  Worldwide, more than 60 countries require GMO foods be labeled, unfortunately the United States is not one of them.  Currently, the only way to avoid GMO's altogether is by buying foods certified USDA Organic.

Oregon:  On May 20, 2014 a key event will take place in Jackson County, Oregon - citizens will be given the opportunity to completely ban corporations from growing Genetically Modified Organisms and selling GMO Foods in the region.

Elsewhere in Oregon, the Right to Know campaign is heating up.  The group is nearing the 87,213 signatures required by July 3 for its proposed bill to be considered by the state legislature.  The bill will give representatives the opportunity to open up disclosure on genetically modified foods in Oregon by demanding that companies label GMO products differently.  In 2002 a similar measure was voted on but the result was to not require labeling.

Genetic Contamination by Genetically Modified Organisms also a concern

Genetic contamination occurs when genetically altered genetic information (dna) spreads from GMO's into the genomes of other organisms (cross pollination is one means of doing so).

Genetic material can be altered or amended by using recombinant DNA technology such as gene deletion, gene doubling, gene splicing, introducing a new gene, changing the position of genes.  Some techniques like hybridization are completely unnatural: they overcome natural physiological and reproductive recombination barriers.

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