The Oregonian October 25, 2002 PAUL MCCARTNEY CHIMES IN FOR FOOD LABELING IDEA
Let it be -- labeled.
Paul McCartney has joined the chorus in support of Oregon's Measure 27, which would require labeling of genetically modified foods.
"If it's labeled, then people have a choice as to what to buy," McCartney says in a 30-second radio ad that began airing Thursday in Portland and Eugene. McCartney was made aware of the ballot measure through Friends of the Earth, an international conservation group that supports Measure 27. The former Beatle has had a long relationship with the group.
Others lending the weight of their name in support of Measure 27 -- against the millions of dollars the opposition has raised -- include Greenpeace and Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports. The Organic Consumers Association, which has 400,000 members nationwide, also endorses Measure 27. But the Organic Trade Association, representing organic food growers and processors, remains neutral.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has not taken a position but is expected to do so. Food labeling is the only ballot measure Kitzhaber is undecided about, spokesman Tom Towslee said Thursday.