Monday, July 28, 2014
Caldwell: Unintended consequences of Colorado GMO labeling initiative - The Denver Post:
Of all the places one might expect to find a hotbed of opposition to a GMO labeling initiative, theDenver Urban Homesteading market would be an improbable choice.
After all, this is a shop that prides itself on handcrafted food and locally grown vegetables, most of them organic.
But owner James Bertini says the Colorado Right to Know initiative, which appears likely to make the November ballot, forces the same heavy-handed regulation on small markets like his as it would on mega-grocery chains. He says he can't afford it.
As it turns out, the intentional flexibility of this initiative is a double-edged sword.
Proponents say they they have no desire to include mom-and-pop operations in the regulations, which would require labeling that says whether genetically engineered ingredients are in the food. This, they say, will be addressed in the rule-making process if the measure passes.
It's this flexibility that supporters see as a strength. It means experts can craft rules and exemptions after public input.
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