Oregon voters rejected an initiative on Tuesday (Nov. 5) that would have made the state the first to require mandatory labelling for genetically modified foods. Measure 27 failed as more than 73 percent of the state's voters rejected the proposal.

Among the issues that voters were most concerned about– and that the measure's opponents drove home– involved the increased costs that such GM labelling would create for restaurants, grocery stores and school cafeterias.

The Coalition Against the Costly Labelling Law said that Measure 27 proponents were trying to scare people about the foods they eat. Initiative supporters said they don't consider Tuesday's vote a loss. "We may lose this election but this is just the beginning of a movement here in Oregon and across the nation," Donna Harris, Measure 27's chief petitioner, told Reuters news service.  

www.just-food.com and Reuters