Measure 27 Gets Backed by A Beatle Jeff Brady PORTLAND, OR 2002-10-24 (OPB Radio) - Backers of a measure to require labels on genetically engineered food have gotten a boost from Former Beatle Paul McCartney. He's recorded the group's first radio commercial, which started airing Thursday. McCartney's on a cell phone and the sound is kind of scratchy, but Measure 27's supporters are very excited to have the former Beatle on their side. Paul McCartney: Hi, this is Paul McCartney here and I'm calling to show my support for Yes on 27 the resolution to label genetically engineered food. McCartney was in Portland last week for a concert. He contacted some Measure 27 supporters who asked him to record the radio commercial. Paul McCartney: Back in Europe we have that choice. Our food is labeled and it hasn't increased any costs for the consumer or the farmer The ad will run on radio stations throughout the state, but backers say not as often as their opponents' ads are airing. Those opposed to Measure 27 have a lot more money. Backers also received a boost from an Oregon State University report that analyzed the cost of the measure. OSU Economics Professor Bill Jaeger concluded that opponents' had severely overestimated how much Measure 27 would cost the government and consumers. Bill Jaeger: I think they're highly exaggerated and I don't think they come from, what I would consider to be an authoritative or carefully done economic analysis. Jaeger found a family of four would spend between 12 and 40 dollars a year more on food if the measure passes. That's much less than the 550 dollars a year Measure 27's opponents estimate. While opponents were not available to comment on tape, they did say Jaeger's estimates are lower because he's interpreting the language in the measure too narrowly. They contend the measure's language is so broad that the labeling requirement would apply to things the sponsors never intended such as restaurant food. Jaeger admits the language in Measure 27 is vague on some issues including the restaurant question. One of Measure 27's sponsors, Katelyn Lord, says the proposal will not apply to restaurants if it passes. Lord says she and her co-petitioner will fight any effort to include restaurants. Katelyn Lord: Anyone who's coming in and saying, We think that you should interpret it this way would have a very, very high hill to climb, legally. And I don't know who has an interest in doing that. I have not met one person who has an interest in doing that. The Oregon legislature and the state Department of Agriculture will have the final say over the scope of the measure if it passes. Meanwhile state officials are investigating allegations that a Corvallis food cooperative may have violated state election law by giving its customer discounts if they worked to pass Measure 27. A member of the co-op filed the complaint after learning customers working on the campaign were being given a 15-percent discount. It's difficult to say how voters are leaning on Measure 27. Nationally, polls show people support labeling GE food. But two local polls conducted by newspapers and TV stations indicated mixed results on the measure.
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