Supporters of a plan to have voters decide whether to label genetically modified foods turned in enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot.
“I’m not going to be surprised in November when we become the first state to make GMO labeling the law through a popular vote,” said Julia Degraw with Food and Water Watch.
The Oregon Right to Know campaign collected more than enough signatures in just six weeks, organizers said in a release.
The campaign leaders turned in the signatures at the state capitol and then held a brief news conference.
“There’s not enough information about whether or not these things are safe for our families. And if we don’t know, don’t we have a right to know whether or not we’re choosing to ingest these things and feed them to our kids?” said Degraw.
While opponents in Oregon have not begun to campaign yet, those for labeling expect a strong counterattack from those against it.
“It doesn’t matter how well funded an opposition is and how much they lie to the public or terrible ads they run – when you’ve got Oregonians talking to Oregonians saying this is how I’m voting and why, that’s how we win,” said Degraw.